(LINTON) - Preliminary autopsy results show 77-year-old Marg Doane, whose body was found Thursday morning, died of exposure.
Forensic pathologist Roland Kohr, who conducted the autopsy Friday afternoon at Regional Hospital in Terre Haute, said Doane's body showed no signs of trauma that would have indicated that her death was anything but accidental.
According to Greene County Coroner Sherry Wilson, the cause of death was likely hypothermia combined with dementia as a contributing factor.
Hypothermia is a medical emergency that occurs when the body loses heat faster than it can produce heat, causing a dangerously low body temperature. Normal body temperature is around 98.6 F. Hypothermia occurs as your body temperature passes below 95 F, Wilson said.
Doane was reported missing to police about 11 p.m. Wednesday and her body was found about 11 hours later at 10 a.m. in yard east of 12th Street SE. Doane wandered off from her daughter's home at 290 West Vincennes St. Doane was not wearing a coat or shoes, according to police.
The overnight low temperature was about 27 degrees Wednesday night in Linton.
The Linton Police Department headed up a search team numbering about 20 officers that included most area law enforcement agencies, who were involved with the foot, vehicle and air search. This included a Indiana State Police helicopter and several K-9 units.
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