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Chief medical examiner: UGA student's death was suicide

5:48 PM, Dec 4, 2013   |    comments
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Rebecca Elaine Greene (Photo courtesy: OnlineAthens.com & Athens Banner-Herald)

DECATUR, Ga. -- Georgia's chief medical examiner, Dr. Kris Sperry released a statement Wednesday confirming that University of Georgia student Rebecca Greene, whose body was found by police in a stream on November 19, committed suicide.

Sperry's statement said Greene's death was caused by excessive cold water that lowered her body temperature, along with severe diphenhydramine (Benadryl) intoxication.

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Sperry said the death occurred when Greene inadvertently fell into a cold stream after intentionally consuming large amounts of diphenhydramine. Sperry said Greene's face and head were not covered by the water and she did not drown.

Greene was last seen the evening of November 18, and her body was found by Athens-Clarke County Police in an Athens stream on November 19.

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