UPDATE: No foul play in Matherville woman’s death
Preliminary autopsy results show there was no foul play involved in the death of a 35-year-old Matherville, Illinois woman.
Mercer County Coroner Ron McNall said Jamie Fussell died of natural causes and that there were no internal or external signs of trauma on her body.
Ms. Fussell had reportedly suffered from some health problems before her death. She is survived by her family, including her two children.
11:08 a.m. update:
The Mercer County Coroner has released the name of the woman who died after being found unresponsive in front of her apartment by paramedics. Coroner Ron McNall says she is 35-year-old Jamie Fussell, according to our news partners with the Dispatch-Rock Island Argus. An autopsy was scheduled for 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 to determine the cause of her death.
EARLIER STORY: The Mercer County Sheriff’s Department responded to the death of a woman at 24 1st Street Monday, April 16th, 2012 around 3 p.m. Deputies investigated the scene for more than six hours afterward.
“Illinois State Police Crime Scene Investigators will continue to process the scene to collect any evidence,” said Dusty Terrill with the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department.
Neighbors tell News 8 they saw a man putting the woman’s unresponsive body into a car. The man is apparently the woman’s boyfriend. However, before the boyfriend was allegedly able to leave, paramedics arrived at the scene. Crews tried to resuscitate the body, but they were unable to do so.
Neighbors say the boyfriend’s name is Donald Adams, and prosecutors charged Adams with battery for beating the same woman in February. He has since been released on bond. There is no word on a cause of death. Neighbors also tell News 8 the woman did have some health problems that could have affected her.
Matherville’s Mayor, Stephanie McMeekan, says no one has anything to worry about, because it appears this was an isolated incident.
“It is a very close-knit community and people do care about their neighbors and everybody is family, everybody is friends so this is a very tragic thing that happened to this community,” said Mayor McMeekan.
The Mercer County Sheriff’s Department says there is no one in custody at this time.Submit Your Photo