Local woman died of hypothermia

Special to The Prairie Press
Posted 1/27/20

Edgar County Coroner Scott Barrett has ruled hypothermia due to cold weather exposure caused the death of Neva A. Martin, 45, of Paris,

Barrett said Martin was discovered dead outside a rural …

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Local woman died of hypothermia

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Edgar County Coroner Scott Barrett has ruled hypothermia due to cold weather exposure caused the death of Neva A. Martin, 45, of Paris,

Barrett said Martin was discovered dead outside a rural Chrisman residence Saturday morning, Jan. 18, following a period when temperatures dropped into the low teens.

911 dispatchers were notified at 10:28 a.m. Jan. 18 of the need for help.

According to Barrett, the caller told investigators he last saw Martin shortly after midnight and believed she left his residence to return home at that time. He discovered her unresponsive in his yard the next morning.

An autopsy was performed Monday morning, Jan 20, in Bloomington, Illinois, by forensic pathologist Scott Denton, M.D. Toxicology tests are pending.

“The cause of death was determined by the autopsy,” said Barrett. “The manner of death has not been ruled on.”

He explained investigators are still trying to determine why Martin was outside for so long that it led to her death.

Barrett said the incident remains under investigation by the Illinois State Police, the Edgar County Coroner and the Edgar County Sheriff’s Department. Until that investigation is completed, which could take several weeks while waiting for the toxicology results, the authorities are not prepared to announce her manner of death.

An obituary for Martin appears in today’s issue of The Prairie Press.