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Makanda woman's body found by family members a year after her death

(Source: Giacomo Luca/KFVS) (Source: Giacomo Luca/KFVS)
MAKANDA, IL (KFVS) - A Makanda woman who had been dead for more than a year was found in her home by family members on Christmas Day.

Jackson County Coroner Dr. Thomas Kupferer says Sunantha K. Simmons, 63, was found in the garage of her home on Whippoorwill Lane on Christmas Day by family members who had traveled from Japan to visit her.

A neighbor says the woman's stepdaughter who lives in Japan found her. The neighbor says Simmons is originally from Thailand and taught English as a second language at a university in Thailand.

Kupferer says it had been more than a year since anyone had contact with Simmons.

Based on examination of the scene, Kupferer says there is no evidence to indicate foul play.

The results of an autopsy shows that Simmons died of natural causes. Kupferer says she had been dead for quite some time.

Simmons lived alone. 

"She was a neighbor that I admired and I felt connected to her life," said neighbor Dianna Kington. ""I felt for her loss and wish I could have helped her more."

Kington says the woman's husband died about 10 years ago.

Neighbors say they saw an ambulance at the woman's house several different times over the years since her husband's death.

A graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 30 at Mound City National Cemetery in Mound City. Family and friends are asked to gather at the cemetery, according to G Meredith Funeral Home's website.

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