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Published On: Mon, Nov 12th, 2018

Ohio: Body found at Gorman Nature Center identified as Melissa Boone

The Richland County Coroners office has identified the body found at the Gorman Nature Center Saturday as Melissa J. Boone.

Boone, 58, of Lexington Ohio has been reported missing in Lexington. The staff at the Gorman Nature Center reported that Boone’s vehicle was parked at the center on November 6th, adding that it had not been moved.

Police believe the woman died from hypothermia, however, toxicology results are needed in order to properly determine the cause of death. Authorities did confirm that there were no injuries to Boone’s body, leaving no cause for alarm to the public or suspicion of foul play.

“We think she got out on the hiking trail,” Richland County coroner’s investigator Tom Stortz said. “Right now the preliminary report didn’t show a lot, so it’s natural causes, maybe hypothermia,” Stortz said. “She wasn’t dressed very warmly.”

“She more than likely died of hypothermia.”

Stortz said Boone’s family reported her missing Saturday. She was found soon thereafter.

“Her family had talked to her on the 5th,” Stortz said.

Boone’s body will be sent to the Montgomery County Coroners office for an autopsy.

The Richland County Sheriff’s Office are heading the investigation.

Maj. Joe Masi from the Richland County Sheriff’s Office had previous stated that “No foul play is suspected.,”

photo/Alan Cleaver

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