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Autopsy results show W.Va. woman drowned

February 16, 1998

Autopsy results show W.Va. woman drowned

WILLIAMSPORT - The 39-year-old West Virginia woman whose car went into the Potomac River on Jan. 31 died of drowning, according to preliminary autopsy reports.

"We don't know whether it was an accident or suicide," said Investigator Kenny Barnhart of the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

And that determination might never be made, Barnhart said Monday.

The autopsy revealed Cindy L. Kegley's blood alcohol level was .18, Barnhart said. That's nearly twice the legal limit in Maryland.

Earlier, investigators ruled out foul play in the death of Kegley, whose body was found Feb. 2 inside a submerged car in the Potomac River.

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A Falling Waters, W.Va., resident, Kegley was last seen in the Third Base Tavern in Williamsport late Friday, Jan. 30, according to deputies.

Shorty after midnight, emergency services dispatchers received a call reporting an accident near Riverbottom Park.

Barnhart said he spoke with the woman who made that 911 call at 12:15 a.m. on Jan. 31 from a phone booth outside the New Hometown Laundry in Williamsport.

The woman told Barnhart she saw a car drive very fast into the river.

Based on that call, fire and rescue personnel responded to Riverbottom Park minutes later, but found nothing.

Officials found the car in five feet of water about 50 to 60 feet offshore after receiving several phone calls.

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