Jim Olson, the Carver County Sheriff, opened the press conference by saying that the investigation would continue with some emphasis on Prince’s personal prviacy.
“This was a tragedy for all of us,” Olson said. “For us, he’s a community member and good neighbor. To his family, he is a loved one. In life, he was very private person, we’re going to continue to respect privacy and dignity and we hope you all will respect that as well.”
Answering questions from reporters after the initial statements, Olson said that there were “no signs of trauma” on Prince’s body and that there is “no reason to believe” that the death was a suicide.
Martha Weaver, a spokesperson for Midwest Medical Examiner, who is working on the ongoing investigation and autopsy, said that there was no information available with regards to any information about the role of drugs or overdosing in Prince’s death. An autopsy is currently being performed and the results of that will not be available for days or several weeks.