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Police Wait on Toxicology Report in Woman's Death at Sybaris

The investigation will center around the coroner's ruling in the Oswego woman's manner of death, police chief says.

Frankfort police officers are continuing their investigation as they wait for toxicology reports from the Will County Coroner's Office in the case of the Oswego woman found dead at the Frankfort Sybaris on Friday, said Chief John Burica.

The focus of the investigation into how Suzette A. O'Donnell, 53, died now hinges on the coroner's ruling over the manner of death.

"(The investigation) will become more intense, focusing on what (the coroner's office) finds," Burica said Monday. "We, at this point, don't have anything to indicate it was anything suspicious." 

Police responded to an emergency call from O'Donnell's husband at around 9 a.m. Friday at the romantic getaway hotel, 7500 W. Lincoln Hwy., according to police reports. Her husband had found O'Donnell unconscious in the pool area of their room, Burica said.

A Saturday afternoon autopsy was inconclusive as to how O'Donnell died. The coroner's toxicology report should be available in a few weeks, Burica said.

Even though police haven't found any evidence to point to a suspicious death, Burica said it's important to continue investigating in case the coroner's final report reveals foul play.

"It's easier to back away from an investigation than it is to find out, 'Hey, this wasn't an accident at all,' and have to start again," he said.

Denise Du Vernay August 01, 2011 at 09:29 PM
How sad, and so young! My thoughts are with the family.

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