Missing boater’s death ruled accidental drowning
CENTREVILLE — The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore has ruled Stephanie Meredith’s death an accidental drowning, said Bruce Goldfarb, public information officer for the medical examiner’s office, Wednesday, July 18. Meredith, 35, of Easton, went missing near the confluence of the Chester and Corsica rivers Friday, July 13, when the log canoe she was helping sail capsized.
Her body was found by a good Samaritan on a boat around 8:30 a.m. Sunday, July 15, in the Chester River in Comegys Bight, according to Maryland Natural Resources Police spokesman Candy Thomson. She declined to name the boater who found Meredith, saying only it was a local homeowner.
The 32-foot log canoe Mystery was under sail off Spaniard Point when it capsized about 7:50 p.m. July 13, with 17 people on board. Sixteen members of the crew were rescued without injur y Friday night, but Meredith was missing.
Meredith was not wearing a life jacket, Thomson said.
In Meredith’s obituary, her family wrote, “We are grateful that her passing occurred while doing what she loved, with the person she loved — sailing on the river. Stephanie’s boyfriend, Peter Cornwell introduced her to the love of being on the water — with no apprehension; Stephanie quickly decided to partake in such adventures. The last year and a half of Stephanie’s life was nothing but pure joy.”
They said Meredith was part of the recovery community in Easton and recently celebrated 18 months clean. She was a community advocate for others in recovery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the SLM Recovery Fund through the Addictions Ministry at Christ Church to continue that work.
“Stephanie found her love of Christ and an amazing connection with God when she was introduced to her family at Christ Church Easton. Her life was transformed simply due to her spiritual journey of which she flourished,” the family said in her obituary. “Stephanie was a Christian whom led the way for so many others, an amazing light beaming with the love of Christ and a singer of praise music on Saturdays with the Alive at Five band, all of which brought her so much joy.”
A former teacher, Meredith’s other passion was teaching and being around children, they wrote. She previously taught first grade at Hurlock Elementary. She was employed by Choptank Community Health Systems, working in the Easton Pediatrics office, at the time of her death.
A memorial service is planned for 5 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at Christ Church, 111 S. Harrison Street, Easton.