St. Charles County, Mo., prosecutors found there was not enough evidence to file charges in the drowning death of Kent Gerst. KSDK reports the announcement ended a four-month investigation. Family members of the baseball player disputed the medical examiner's determination that his death was an accident.
* Gerst was found dead Sept. 9 at the age of 24. His body was discovered in Peruque Creek in O'Fallon, Mo., in less than a foot of water a day after he was reported missing. Gerst was a member of the Gateway Grizzlies, an independent semi-pro baseball team based in Sauget, Ill.
* Medical examiner reports, as listed by KSDK, say Gerst was conscious when he entered the water. Other injuries to his body included a broken right wrist, a fractured rib and multiple scrapes along with abrasions. Police believe the young man accidentally fell into the water. The medical examiner's files believed the injuries weren't caused by the fall.
* Family members told the news media outlet a different story. They claim witnesses told Gerst's family he was "sucker punched" by another man and then assaulted a second time. His parents believe he ended up in the water after being disoriented from the vicious attack at a local bar.
* The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reveals Gerst was last seen around 10:15 p.m. the night of Sept. 8 at a shopping plaza near Peruque Creek off West Terra Lane. He was reported missing about 20 hours later. Slightly more than 24 hours after Gerst was last seen, his body was located under Peruque Creek Bridge at 10:41 p.m. on Sept. 9.
* Gerst was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the eighth round of the 2006 Major League Baseball amateur draft that June. Before that, he played high school baseball at Fort Zumwalt West High School in O'Fallon.
* The local product was released from the White Sox organization in 2010, making it as high as the AAA International League with the Charlotte Knights in North Carolina. Gerst then played in the independent Frontier League until his death. The outfielder was a lifetime .250 hitter.
* KSDK states the original medical examiner's report claims Gerst apparently fell from a small bluff into the creek. A search of Google Maps reveals a bar known as Moudy's Bar and Grill in the vicinity of where Gerst's body was found. Behind the bar lies railroad tracks that lead to a train bridge over the creek just to the east of the small plaza. The location is near Interstate 70 and Lake St. Louis Blvd.
William Browning, a lifelong Missouri resident, writes about local and state issues for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Born in St. Louis, Browning earned his bachelor's degree in English from the University of Missouri. He currently resides in Branson.
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