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Coroner: Woman had hypothermia after body found in Murphysboro

The body of Teresa Henderson was found in a wooded area in Murphysboro on Dec. 1. The body of Teresa Henderson was found in a wooded area in Murphysboro on Dec. 1.
MURPHYSBORO, IL (KFVS) -

A coroner says a woman found dead in Dec. 2014 had hypothermia, according to the forensic pathologist.


Jackson Co. Coroner Dr. Thomas W. Kupferer says it was the opinion of the forensic pathologist that the death of Teresa Henderson was attributed to environmental hypothermia. 

The manner of her death is undetermined.

The therapeutic polypharmacy was non-contributory to the cause of death.

Her blood was negative for alcohol, toxins or drugs of abuse. 

In addition although there were multiple bruises and cuts present consistent with a recent assault or injury. These were superficial and noncontributory to the cause of death.

The examination was conducted by Forensic Pathologist James M. Jacobi, M.D

On Nov. 30, 2014 around 4:27 p.m., Murphysboro police say they received notification of a possible missing person.

They say ongoing attempts throughout the evening and early morning hours of Dec. 1 did not lead to them finding 47-year-old Teresa Henderson.

According to police, the investigation continued throughout the day on Monday, Dec. 1 with more conversations with family members and associates.

The investigation included homes searched, Amtrak and Greyhound rosters checked and a phone being continually "pinged."

An additional ground search was conducted and police say the body of Teresa Henderson was found in a wooded area near Mobile Ranch at 1:37 p.m.

An autopsy completed on Dec. 2 gave no indication to the cause of her death. The toxicology report will take several weeks.

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