Early Autopsy Report Shows Matthew Robineau Died From Drowning: Melbourne Police
By Space Coast Daily // February 14, 2019
no signs of trauma or criminal activity
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The preliminary results of Matthew Robineau’s autopsy report show that the 21-year-old died from drowning, according to the Brevard County Medical Examiner’s office.
Melbourne Police say there are no signs of trauma or criminal activity at this time.
Matthew was last seen alive in Downtown Melbourne around 1 a.m. Sunday morning, where he was later found dead in the Indian River on Tuesday by fishermen near the Melbourne Causeway.
According to the investigation, police first received a call from Matthew’s father, Dan Robineau, on Sunday at 2:13 a.m. in the area of the Melbourne Causeway near Geiger Point.
When police arrived, they met the father who stated he had received a “pocket dial” from his son around 2 a.m. and after trying to call his son back, he received no answer.
The father said he used the ‘Find my iPhone’ app to locate his son’s phone which led him stationary in the area of the Melbourne Causeway.
“Dan relayed that Matthew had been with friends in the area of Downtown Melbourne and was now concerned for his son’s safety,” said Melbourne Police.
“Once in the area, Dan located Matthew’s phone along with several other personal items (cell phone, wallet and shirt) in the general vicinity, however his son was not seen.”
Later in the day on Sunday at 9:48 a.m., Dan called Melbourne Police to report that his son had not arrived for work before a search utilizing the Melbourne Police Department boat, and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Aviation unit, was conducted in the area of Melbourne Causeway.
However, rescue units found nothing during the search.
Officers were able to verify that Matthew visited several establishments Saturday night on New Haven Ave. in Downtown Melbourne prior to his disappearance.
Around 1 a.m. on Sunday, he was last seen alive walking eastbound on New Haven near the railroad tracks and information provided indicates he was possibly intoxicated.
Police announced on Tuesday that Matthew Robineau was found dead by fishermen in the Indian River near the base of the Melbourne Causeway.
After the fishermen alerted authorities, a dive team was called in to recover Robineau from the river. Crime scene investigators and the Brevard County Medical Examiner’s office investigators took over the investigation from there.
The investigation is still ongoing pending toxicology report and the final medical examiner’s report.
Anyone with additional information in reference to this incident are encouraged to contact the Melbourne Police Department at 321-608-8477.
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