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Body found in woods

by The Indiana Gazette on April 22, 2014 11:00 AM

SUSQUEHANNA TOWNSHIP — Authorities are depending on a series of time-consuming toxicology tests to determine the cause of death of a Northern Cambria woman whose body was found during the weekend in a wooded area near Grace Street.

State police and Cambria County Coroner Dennis Kwiatkowski said the body of Amanda Sherry-Griffon, 30, was discovered about 8:08 p.m. Saturday by the owner of the property. Sherry-Griffon’s body showed no outward signs of traumatic injury that could have caused her death, Kwiatkowski said. He said an autopsy performed Monday was inconclusive and “we probably will do toxicology studies, which will take six weeks to complete.”

Kwiatkowski said officials believe her body had been in the woods for two to three days. The autopsy showed no signs that the weather was a factor in the death. With so little information available, Kwiatkowski declined to speculate on the manner of death, whether homicide, suicide, accidental or natural.

The area where the body was found is dotted with homes but has many patches of forested area, Kwiatkowski said. The body was discovered about 1 1/2  to 2 miles north of Northern Cambria Borough.

Kwiatkowski said police officers at the scene were familiar with Sherry-Griffon and positively identified her.

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