Update: Preliminary Autopsy Gives No Cause Of Death For OU Grad Student

By
Cheri Russo

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Updated Tue, Nov 8, 2011 5:57 pm

Update: 5:56 p.m.

The Athens County Coroner says he'll have to wait for toxicology tests and tissue samples to determine what caused the death of an Ohio University graduate student.

The body of Terrie Jean Hitchings was found in her apartment in The Plains last night.

Coroner Harold C. Thompson says there were no signs of trauma on Hitchings' body.

He says toxicology and tissue sample tests will take six to eight weeks.

Sheriff Pat kelly says there's no reason to suspect foul play in the case.

Hitchings was a second year graduate student in The Patton College of Education and Human Services.


 

 

An Ohio University graduate student is dead and Athens County Sheriff's officials are waiting for autopsy results to figure out why she died.

Sheriff Pat Kelly says the body of Terrie Jean Hitchings was found in her apartment in The Plains last night.

He says no foul play is suspected in the death.

"There is no reason for anybody to worry.  This was not something the community has to be concerned with," says Kelly.               

Hitchings was a second year graduate student in The Patton College of Education and Human Services.

"The office of the dean of students is saddened to have received notice today about the loss  of one our students. Our condolences go out to her family and friends," says Dean of Students Ryan Lombardi.

According to her linked-in account, Hitchings graduated from Nelsonville-York High School in 1981.

 

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