Mom of man found in Mississippi River speaks of son’s death

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As Donna Evans flips through old photos, she relives memories of her son.

"He was very outgoing," Evans said as she glanced at pictures of her son, Sam Davis.

On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, firefighters pulled Davis, 37, Moline, from the Mississippi River near Schwiebert Park in Rock Island, Illinois.

"The way that I found out will stick in my mind forever," Evans said.

"The doorbell rang and I came to the door and there was a shirt that said Coroner's Office on the corner of the shirt and I thought, 'that can't be good,'" Evans recalled.

The Rock Island County Coroner confirmed Davis drowned; however, it's not yet clear how he fell in the river.

"It's still an investigation," Evans said.

"It looks like it could have possibly been just a tumble on the rocks, but that's not a conclusive finding," Evans added.

The Rock Island County Coroner said he is still awaiting the toxicology results.

Evans said she has found it therapeutic to talk about her son and look through old pictures. The youngest of her four sons, she said she'll always remember Sam as an outgoing person who could make anyone smile.

"That's just how he lived his life," she said.

Anyone who may have spoken to Sam Davis before his death is asked to contact the Rock Island Police Department.

There is a GoFundMe page set up to help the family pay for funeral costs. If you would like to donate, click here.

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