Stacey English's death ruled 'hypothermia,' not result of foul play

1:43 AM, Feb 15, 2012   |    comments
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  • Stacey Nicole English (Courtesy of Atlanta Police Department)
  • Kevin and Cindy Jamison, step-father and mother of Stacey English

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- The Fulton County Medical Examiner said Tuesday afternoon that autopsy results showed Stacey English's death was an accident.

Her mother had suspected that English had been the victim of foul play.

But the medical examiner's office said there was no evidence of injury or drug overdose. She had "underlying neurlogical and psychiatric disorders" complicated by her exposure to cold, according to the medical examiner's report.

"Because cold exposure is an external, environmental condition, the manner of death has been classified as accident."

English disappeared December 26th. Her decomposed body was found on January 23, near Lakewood Amphitheater -- several miles from her condo on Lenox Road in Buckhead. Her body was found less than a mile from where her Volvo had been found almost a month earlier, with its engine running.

Her father, Tony English, told 11Alive News Tuesday afternoon he was not ready to comment on the medical examiner's report.

An attorney for her mother and step-father, Cindy and Kevin Jamison, told 11Alive News that they are in shock and may comment in the next couple of days.

Here is the entire statement from the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office, released at 2:00 pm Tuesday, February 14, 2012:

The most likely cause of Stacey English's death is cold exposure (hypothermia) complicating underlying neurological and psychiatric disorders. Because cold exposure is an external, environmental condition, the manner of death has been classified as accident.

The investigation and conclusions have been peer reviewed by all six medical examiners in the FCME office, and each is in agreement with the cause and manner of death classification. No further information will be available from the medical examiner's office at this time. No interviews with media will be conducted. If further information becomes available which could impact on cause or manner of death classification, the investigation will be reviewed.

Atlanta police later Tuesday afternoon issued a statement saying they were closing the English case, based on the medical examiner's findings.

As a result of the findings of the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office and the investigation conducted by the Atlanta Police Homicide Unit, the Atlanta Police Department will be closing the case into the death of Ms. Stacey Nicole English. There will be no further statements issued in relation to this case and we will not be conducting interviews. 

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