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September 28, 1997


Douglas County Coroner Erik Mitchell said KU freshman Angie Griffin's death was not suspicious.

Autopsy results from a Kansas University freshman whose body was found in her residence hall room Friday morning confirmed that there was "nothing suspicious" about her death, the Douglas County coroner said Saturday.

Dr. Erik Mitchell, who performed the autopsy Friday night, refused to say what caused Angie Griffin's death. Griffin's body was found by her roommate and roommate's parents at 10 a.m. Friday in the Ellsworth Hall 10th-floor room where Griffin had lived since mid-August.

Residents of the hall and a relative said Griffin, 18, had symptoms of a cold that a doctor later diagnosed as mononucleosis, but Mitchell would not confirm that. He did say Griffin's illness was not contagious.

"There's nothing suspicious, nothing anybody else should be worried about," said Mitchell.

"I'm very uncomfortable about going into anyone's personal history," he said. "The important part is that there's nothing that would endanger anyone else."

Several residents of the hall on Friday said students whose rooms are near Griffin's room heard her coughing throughout the night, and that she had been throwing up late Thursday. Mitchell said all the autopsy test results are not completed, but they would not be released.

Griffin, who graduated this spring from Ulysses High School, was active in the KU women's rowing team tryouts, and had hopes of making the team, which will be announced later this week.

The freshmen students living on the 10th floor of Ellsworth -- a co-ed hall -- wrote their condolences on a large strip of paper, which was given to Griffin's parents, Wayne and Connie Griffin. The Griffins arrived Friday night in Lawrence and returned Saturday afternoon to southwest Kansas.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Miller Mortuary, Liberal. The mortuary will be releasing obituary information today, a spokesman at the funeral home said.

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