Kite Died From Accidental Drowning: Autopsy

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The cause and manner of death of a young Cannon County man who died over a year ago has been determined by the Tennessee State Medical Examiner.

According to the autopsy report, the cause of death of Brian Mark Kite was “drowning” and the manner “accidental.”

Kite, who was 18 at the time of his death, was a former Cannon County High School student.

Kite's body was found in the Stones River just off Highway 53N (Gassaway Road) on October 18 of last year.

He had been reported as missing by his family 10 days earlier. He had left his home the night of Oct. 8, 2011 to attend the Homecoming game with his girlfriend.

According to reports at the time, Kite’s family last saw him getting into a silver car on Oct. 8, 2010. The owner of the silver car told authorities he dropped him off on Lester Street in Woodbury. He was reportedly last seen at McDonald’s.

Although the medical examiner determined the manner of death was accidental, the case remains open, according to law enforcement officials. The medical examiner only makes a determination on that evidence which he is able to observe and analyze.

Kite suffered from Asperger's Disorder, which is a form of autism, as well as ADHD and bipolar disorder, and was on medication.

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November 10, 2011 at 9:21pm
As the mother of this young man, I would like to say that the facts in this article are not accurate. Also what did his disabilities have to do with his murder? I don't understand what reason there is to repost this. The autopsy was released a year ago.I was not notified before this was made public. I was told by the sheriff's department that I would be notified before making anything public. Once again, the department has failed to do their job correctly.
November 11, 2011 at 2:50am
The sheriff's department did not make the information public. The information from the autopsy report was obtained from the state medical examiner. It is a public record. Our newspaper has not previously posted (published) the information.
November 11, 2011 at 8:21am
To Brians Mother: Would like to send prayers your way. Your Brian is watching over you now. The death of a child is such a sad event. May you find comfort in your family and friends. The world is a much better place because Brian was here to share it with us.
November 11, 2011 at 10:08am
Thank you, I was a bit confused about this being posted. You need to understand how frustrating this has been for our family. When you know that something happened to your child and you are being ran in circles it becomes nerve racking. Everytime I read something the facts are changed. I would be glad to give yoou the true situation as it happened. I know that when there are many different agencies reporting that things can get switched around without it being intentional. Please understand that I know that foul play was involved and all I want is the person/people off the streets of Cannon County so that this does not happen to anyone else. Brian deserves justice.
November 11, 2011 at 10:28am
We certainly understand and emphathise with your situation and frustration. The only information we have received from the sheriff's department is the investigation into your son's death remains open. Please feel free to contact us at 563-2512 or at if we can be of assistance.
November 11, 2011 at 6:59pm
Thank you for understanding.I want to thank everyone who donated to Brian's funeral and for all the prayers that have been sent our way in the last year. Please continue to pray for those who have the unfortunate job of getting justice for Brian. They have a very hard job.
November 12, 2011 at 8:31am
I talk to Brian’s mom every so often on her BRIAN MARK KITE information FACEBOOK page and she is holding up rather well. No one knows what it is like to lose a child unless you have lost one but not knowing HOW you lost your child is something completely different. Leaving to go to a homecoming like many of your teens do and never coming back and then not found until 10 days later right down from where you knew your child was headed is heartwrenching. I can’t even fathom such a tragedy and then not knowing the facts and hearing all kinds of rumors and facts. This is such a sad thing for someone to lose a son and really not know how or why, when or what happened. Why he was totally alone after 6:00 p.m. and no one ever saw him tears her apart. Accidental, murder, drowning, a fight, whatever the case, if it was my child I would want to know. Someone had to see something, see Brian somewhere after he was at McDonald’s reportedly around 6:00 p.m. If so, there is a private facebook page BRIAN MARK KITE that you can get in touch with the family with anything you can remember. Any little bit of information, for peace of mind for his mother we are sure she would appreciate. It has been a year but maybe someone can remember something they didn’t remember before . Someone had to see him either walking on River Road that night, with anyone, at the football game or somewhere after the time of 6:00 p.m. Also if anyone would still like to help pay toward the unpaid balance at Woodbury Funeral Home , the family still owes money there from last year and Brian’s mom is not working and trying to homeschool her other son who just can’t bring himself to accept the fact his brother is gone and homeschools to stay close and help his mom cope, so anyone who would like to help toward that outstanding debt that she has or would like to do something small to help, please call Woodbury Funeral home. Every dollar will help her to get this behind her and not have awful memories when the bill comes in the mail as a reminder of the pain and loss she still feels with unanswered questions. If you do send some small amount, even $1.00, please post it on the webpage so she can answer and thank you from her heart. Praying for the family every day that they have peace and can move forward....
November 17, 2011 at 11:53am
My prayers and heart go out to her, and family.
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