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Coroner: Williamson Co. woman who died of hypothermia had drugs in her system at time of death

(Source: Williamson County Sheriff's Office) (Source: Williamson County Sheriff's Office)
(Source: Williamson County Sheriff's Office) (Source: Williamson County Sheriff's Office)
WILLIAMSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) -

The autopsy on a Williamson County woman who died of hypothermia after going missing back in November 2015 also shows she was under the influence of drugs, according to Williamson County Coroner Michael "Junior" Burke.

The toxicology studies show that she was legally intoxicated and was under the influence of drugs at the time of 22-year-old Jeannie Schuur's death.

The autopsy showed injuries on her body that are believed to not be a contributing factor in her death.

Foul play is not suspected. This determination is corroborated by all witness statements as well as the autopsy findings.

The Search:

According to the Williamson County Sheriff's Office, Jeannie Schuur's family reported her missing on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015.

Family members told investigators that no one had spoken with Schuur since she walked away from a friend's home on Modesto Road, near the intersection of Route 13 and Spillway Road at approximately 5 a.m., proceeding to leave foot and alone.

A neighbor in the area reported seeing Schuur walking eastbound on San Francisco Road at about 7 a.m. on Saturday.

Several unrelated drivers in the area also told authorities they saw a woman who appeared to be Schuur in the early morning hours of that Saturday, stumbling and falling around the intersection of County Line Road and San Francisco Road in the western part of the county.

The weather conditions that morning were cold, and it was raining and windy. Temperatures reached below freezing that day as well as the following day.

“When we got the information obviously we’re working, 72-80 hours behind so we’re working three days when she went last seen,” Captain Brian Thomas, with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office said. “So that makes it hard, too.”

On Tuesday, Nov. 24, investigators searched through nearby neighborhoods, abandoned homes and empty buildings.

On Wednesday, a volunteer canine search and rescue team came in from Fairview Heights, and searched the wooded area near where Jeannie was last seen.

According to the Williamson County Sheriff's Office, that search was completed with no results.

“There’s a lot of fallen trees , there’s a lot of growth out there,” Capt. Brian Thomas said. “According to the property owner, it’s really dense and thick.”

The sheriff's office said an aerial search was then conducted later on Wednesday afternoon.

Black Diamond Aviation assisted the sheriff's office and flew a search pattern that covered the area between Reid State Road and Crab Orchard Lake, from Route 13 to Cardinal Road.

According to the sheriff's office, nothing was found in that search either.

On Thursday, Nov. 26, the Williamson County Sheriff's Office reported hunters found Schuur's body in an area west of Cambria Road and south of Cardinal Lane.

The body was located within the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge property.

She had been missing since Saturday, Nov. 21.

Authorities report the extensive investigation has concluded.

Community Reaction:

 “I don’t know what else to do …and I’m scared, Jeannie’s friend Krista Ticer said. “I just hope she’s okay."

Jeannie’s brother, Christopher Gallegos says it’s nerve-wracking.

“I can’t do nothing for her, I pretty much raised her and can’t do nothing for her," he said.

Sheriff Vick said he would like to thank the volunteers from SAR K9 Co-op Inc. for their help with the area search, and Black Diamond Aviation for their help with the aerial search.

There is a Facebook Page for Jeannie where condolences are being posted.

Anyone with information about Schuur's disappearance or death is asked to contact the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office at 618-997-6541.

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