published Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Chattooga County woman’s autopsy shows no sign of foul play

An autopsy report shows no signs of foul play in the death of a Chattooga County, Ga., woman, authorities said.

A neighbor found 55-year-old Fannie Searels dead inside her Summerville home Friday night and called 911, Summerville Police Department Detective Brian Ozment said.

Searels hadn’t been seen or heard from since Jan. 8, and a neighbor finally went to check on her, Ozment said.

An autopsy showed no signs of foul play, and police are waiting for a toxicology report to determine a cause of death, he said.

Searels, a retired school teacher, attended Summerville First United Methodist Church, her obituary shows.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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