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Body discovered in vehicle in 800 block of Tennessee Street, no signs of foul play

The body of a 58-year-old Lawrence woman was discovered Saturday morning in a vehicle in the 800 block of Tennessee Street, according to Lawrence Police. Emergency dispatchers were called around 8:20 a.m. after the body was found in a dark-colored Ford Bronco.

January 22, 2011, 4:08 p.m. Updated January 22, 2011, 4:14 p.m.

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Lawrence police were on the scene Saturday where the body of a 58-year-old Lawrence woman was found inside a late-model Ford Bronco parked behind a house in the 800 block of Tennessee Street.

Lawrence police were on the scene Saturday where the body of a 58-year-old Lawrence woman was found inside a late-model Ford Bronco parked behind a house in the 800 block of Tennessee Street.

Tow crews begin to load a late-model Ford Bronco after the body of a  58-year-old Lawrence woman was found inside Saturday morning parked behind a house in the 800 block of Tennessee Street.

Tow crews begin to load a late-model Ford Bronco after the body of a 58-year-old Lawrence woman was found inside Saturday morning parked behind a house in the 800 block of Tennessee Street.

The body of a 58-year-old Lawrence woman was discovered Saturday morning in a vehicle in the 800 block of Tennessee Street, according to Lawrence police.

Sgt. Michael McLaren said there were no signs of foul play, though an autopsy will be performed on the body.

A call was made to emergency dispatchers around 8:20 a.m. Saturday reporting the body, which was found in a dark blue, late-model Ford Bronco. The Bronco was parked in the driveway of a residence in the alley behind Tennessee Street, though McLaren said the deceased was not living at the home.

Police had portions of the alley closed off for several hours. Around 12:30 p.m., the Bronco was towed from the scene.

McLaren said no other details were available at this time.

Comments

George_Braziller 3 years, 6 months ago

I was driving by just as the ambulance and first police car arrived. None of them were rushing so it must have been obvious to whoever called that she had been dead for for quite a while.

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BlackVelvet 3 years, 6 months ago

why is it important for the forum audience to know the name? If you were family, I'd bet you'd know already.

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Angela Heili 3 years, 6 months ago

They probably won't give out a name until they identify the body and notify family first.

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shaunepec 3 years, 6 months ago

puddleglum, At this point, we won't report the name since the circumstances on this aren't yet clear.

In cases of medical death or suicide, we usually wouldn't report the story at all, and this may turn out to be one of those. But, since it was found in a public place, and police wouldn't say it was definitively a medical, we reported on it.

So, if it does turn out to be a medical or a suicide, we will probably write an update to clear that up, but wouldn't name the person.

Does that make sense?

And Parrysmom is correct that even if it were an instance where we'd name someone, like in an auto fatality, we'd need confirmation from authorities that family was notified before we'd run the name.

Shaun Hittle Reporter LJW

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Cait McKnelly 3 years, 6 months ago

State law mandates that all unattended deaths be investigated and the cause of death determined by a coroner. We went through this when my daughter's father-in-law (who lived alone) just up and died one night while watching TV. They had to take the body to Topeka and had to have an autopsy.

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Gary Anderson 3 years, 6 months ago

"it" was found in a public place...the wording seems insensitive to me. Perhaps "the deceased", or "the body" would be better...just a suggestion.

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George_Braziller 3 years, 6 months ago

A woman has died and you are nit picking about the definition of a "late model" vehicle. That's pretty sad.

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hail2oldku 3 years, 6 months ago

late model does describe a 20 year-old Bronco since that is pretty darn close to the last model year for a Bronco.

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