Mount Rainier gunman died of drowning, hypothermia: officials.

In this photo provided by the Pierce Co. Sheriff's Dept.,…

In this photo provided by the Pierce Co. Sheriff’s Dept., FBI SWAT team members load the body of Benjamin Colton Barnes into a vehicle Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state. AP Photo: Photo By Pierce Co. Sheriff’s Dept., Ed Troyer, Pool

An Iraq war veteran who was found dead at Mount Rainier National Park a day after he killed a park ranger drowned in a creek after suffering from hypothermia, a medical examiner’s spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

The body of Benjamin Colton Barnes, 24, was found partially submerged in the park’s frigid Paradise Creek on Monday in a snowy, rugged area, dressed only in jeans, a T-shirt and one tennis shoe, Pierce County Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

The heavily armed suspect had initially eluded about 200 federal, state and local law enforcement officials in the 368-square-mile park after authorities said he shot and killed park ranger Margaret Anderson at a roadblock.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s autopsy report indicated that Anderson, who was married to another ranger who was on duty at the time, died from multiple gunshot wounds.

Source: Laura L. Myers for Reuters.

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