AP - A state medical examiner has released new information about the year-old Greenville woman who was found dead in the Cape Fear River last summer. According to the medical examiner, Kristen Stone was violently killed by someone else and was found naked with a zip tie around her wrist. Media outlets report that the pathologist couldn't give an exact cause of death for Stone, whose body was found by a fisherman on Aug. But the autopsy suggests she could have been smothered, suffocated or drowned. Authorities charged year-old Charles Cottingham with first-degree murder in Stone's death. Court records indicate Cottingham was charged with sexually assaulting Stone a year earlier in Hoke County. Authorities say in that attack he held a gun to her head and made her perform a sex act. Copyright The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Police: Naked woman found dead outside West Philadelphia church
Investigators are trying to determine if the woman died as a result of foul play or suicide. Police are investigating the death of a woman who was found naked and shot in the head outside a Catholic church in West Philadelphia early Tuesday. Investigators are looking for surveillance video that might show what happened around midnight on the corner of 47th and Springfield Streets, outside St. Francis de Sales Church. Authorities are investigating whether the death was due to foul play or a suicide. The woman, said to be in her mids, was wearing only socks when police found her, Chief Inspector Scott Small told reporters at the scene.
Police said her body was found on a street in the park
Police responding to reports of an assault in a Sydney park arrived to find a naked man standing over the body of a dead woman in the shallow bank of the Parramatta river. Police and paramedics attempted to revive the year-old woman, who is yet to be formally identified, but were unsuccessful. The year-old man allegedly fled from the scene when police arrived but was arrested a short distance away and taken to the Burwood police station, where he is assisting police. Det Supt Mark Jones said the man and woman, who were both naked when police found them, were believed to be known to each other, though the nature of their relationship was unclear. The woman had several lacerations to her face and other injuries, which, Jones said, would be examined in a postmortem. Police divers are still in the water while other officers are conducting ground searches of the popular park, near Cabarita wharf.
A care worker died from hypothermia after getting trapped naked in an airing cupboard at a holiday home in Wales, an inquest has heard. Elizabeth Mary Isherwood, 60, of Wolverhampton, is thought to have spent days trying to escape from the cupboard. Scratches and holes were found in the walls at the flat in the Plas Talgarth holiday complex, where she had stayed on a number of occasions, in Machynlleth, Powys. It is believed she had gone to the bathroom during the night or in the morning at the start of a week-long holiday last September. Isherwood then, for an unknown reason, entered the airing cupboard - where the door closed behind her leaving her stuck inside the space, according to The Sun. Coroner Dewi Pritchard Jones said getting soaked while naked would have accelerated the onset of hypothermia. This was used to try initially to open the door because there were marks on the door but also used to try and break a hole through the wall of the airing cupboard. She had been able to break a hole completely through that wall.