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Toxicology tests needed to determine Md. woman's cause of death

August 18, 2008|By DAVE MCMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- An autopsy conducted on a Mount Airy, Md., woman found dead in her van along a Jefferson County, W.Va., road on Friday was inconclusive about her cause of death, leading officials to rely on toxicology tests and other means to determine how she died, a West Virginia State Police spokesman said Sunday.

The autopsy conducted on Edna Mae Trout, 57, was completed Saturday, Sgt. R.T. Dyroff said.

The toxicology tests could take a week or two, he said.

Police have said Trout appeared to have suffered severe wounds, but Dyroff declined to comment about them.

State police have said Trout's death might have been a homicide.

Dyroff said Trout often came to the area with her husband to visit Charles Town Races & Slots, although it is unclear why she was along the Bloomery Road area of the Shenandoah River east of Charles Town.

"We're still speculating about that," Dyroff said.

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Dyroff said Trout and her husband operated an office-cleaning business in the Mount Airy area, and state police investigators met with her family members, including her husband and son, on Sunday.

Trout was found about 4 p.m. Friday in her Ford van in a pull-off area along Bloomery Road, police said.

The site, near an area known as the "Millville powerhouse," is about three miles north of the intersection with W.Va. 9, police said.

Earlier Friday morning, Trout was reported missing by her son, James L. Meadows, 28, of Damascus, Md., after she did not return from work on Thursday, state police said.

Trooper J.J. Phillips arrived at the scene and found a woman dead inside the van, having "apparent severe wounds," according to a state police news release.

Anyone with information about the case can contact Phillips at 304-725-9779 or the West Virginia State Police tip line at tips@wvstatepolice.com.

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