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Portland PI dies after falling into cistern

In what appears to be a freak accident, Portland Private Investigator Michael Anthony Zerwas, 57 died from hypothermia and drowning afte falling into an old forgotten cistern in his backyard.

 Firefighters found Zerwas’ body submerged in what they believe was a 100-year-old, round cistern. The water level was 15 feet below the rim. After pumping some of the water out, firefighter Justin de Ruyter said a technical rescue team placed a tripod over the opening and used ropes to pull Zerwas’ body out.

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