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Woman, 29, found dead in her home

October 02, 2002|by LAURA ERNDE

laurae@herald-mail.com

A 29-year-old woman was found dead at her home in Hagerstown's West End on Tuesday.

Although there were no obvious signs of foul play, Hagerstown Police Chief Arthur Smith said police weren't ruling out anything until after an autopsy is performed today.

A neighbor discovered the body shortly before 1 p.m. laying on the living room floor of the woman's one-story house at 54 Madison Ave., police said.

At the request of the family, police said they would not release her name unless it turns out she died under suspicious circumstances.

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Police detectives and a Washington County medical examiner investigated the death.

"We don't have a smoking gun. We don't understand why she died," Deputy Medical Examiner Dr. Arthur Horn said.

The body was being sent to the Office of Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy.

"When a young person dies, we need to know why," Horn said.

Family members who came to the house to find out what happened were taken to the police station to talk to a counselor.

Georgeann Schroyer of Hedgesville, W.Va., said the deceased was a friend of her daughter's.

"She was like one of my kids. I was like her adopted mom," she said. "She was as good as gold."

A neighbor, Roy Cromer, said he had not seen the woman in several days, but police said she had not been dead that long.

In front of the house was a large pile of trash waiting to be picked up in the city's annual fall cleanup program.

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