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Coroner: Cause Of Death Still Not Determined

Last updated on Tuesday, May 21, 2013

(BEDFORD) - Lawrence County Coroner Rob Herr says officials still have not ruled on the cause of death of 37-year-old Jamie Fleener, of Bedford, whose body was pulled from the Empire Quarry early Sunday.

Herr says they are now waiting on a toxicology report, which could take weeks to complete.

"She did have injuries, that may not be consistent with a fall from that distance," Herr says.

Indiana Conservation Officers were called to the quarry in Needmore early after a report of a body floating in the water.

According to Officer Jim Hash officers recovered Fleenor's body around 5:30 a.m. David Fleenor, Jamie's husband, told police Jamie was seen walking a trail at the quarry next to an 80-foot-high cliff, when she lost her footing and slipped over the edge.

David Fleenor went to a home in the 1000 block of Kentucky Hollow Road and knocked on the woman's door just after 2 a.m. to report his wife had fallen in the quarry.

Marshall Township Volunteer Fire Department, Indiana Conservation officers and Lawrence County Police responded to the scene.

Conservation officers and Volunteer firefighters made a high angle rescue about 100 to 150 feet down into the quarry to retrieve Jamie Fleenor's body. High angle rescue is a specialized skill that utilizes life safety ropes and related equipment to reach victims, extricate them. Rescuers are totally dependent upon the ropes used to keep them from falling and to gain access to and egress from the rescue location.

Marshall VFD Chief Chad Hayes says because the case is under investigation he could not comment on the incident.

While at the scene police discovered a meth lab and the Indiana State Police Clandestine team was notified to dispose of the lab. Police arrested 29-year-old David Fleenor , of 406 1/2 17th Street on charges of manufacturing meth and possession of precursors.

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