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La Crosse man cleared in death of WI girl at Minnesota music festival

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A La Crosse man lost his driver's license a year ago. Now, he knows one place where it's been.

Authorities in Detroit Lakes, Minn., found Andrew Loomis's license at a campsite at the 10,000 Lakes music festival last weekend. It was found right next to where Ashley McCoy, 17, of West Salem died in her sleep last Friday morning.

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Because their two hometowns were so close, investigators assumed Loomis and McCoy were traveling together, and a sheriff's report even said Loomis was the girl's boyfriend.

But that couldn't be more wrong.

Actually, Loomis was meeting with a guidance counselor at Western Technical College in La Crosse last Friday and he spent the weekend camping at Hayward, not in Minnesota.

The sheriff in Detroit Lakes, Tim Gordon, said he apologized to the Loomis family for the error. He also said investigators are trying to find out who had Loomis' license and if they used it to get into other events.

Meanwhile, an investigation continues into McCoy's death.

Foul play and trauma have been ruled out. Gordon could not say if drugs or alcohol were involved until toxicology tests are done in a couple weeks.

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