Coleto Creek Park and Reservoir

Coleto Creek Park and Reservoir

A medical examiner has confirmed the death of a woman who disappeared in Coleto Creek on Memorial Day was the result of drowning.

Despite that determination, which comes from preliminary autopsy results from Central Texas Autopsy in Lockhart, the investigation into whether her death was the result of foul play continues.

“We treat any death case as a homicide until it’s ruled out,” said Precinct 2 Goliad County Justice of the Peace Steven Kennedy.

As of Tuesday, Kennedy had not yet ruled the death of Navasota resident Geraldine Yorek, 59, an accident, suicide, homicide or by another undetermined cause.

Making that determination will likely require a completed autopsy and toxicology results, which could be weeks away, Kennedy said.

Yorek disappeared in Coleto Creek while boating with two men. A day later, game wardens recovered her remains submerged in one of the reservoir’s coves.

She was the founder and owner of a Cypress-based hot shot delivery company.

Game wardens with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department are leading the investigation into her death, said Game Warden Chelsea Bailey, who added she had no new details or developments to offer.

Jon Wilcox reports on courts for the Victoria Advocate. He may be reached jwilcox@vicad.com or 361-580-6515.

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Jon covers crime, public safety and the courts at the Victoria Advocate. Born in Huntsville, Ala., he grew up in Atlanta, Ga. and obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism at Texas State University.

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