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Evidence: Coroner Report
 

OFFICE OF THE CORONER OF YOKNAPATAWPHA COUNTY

AUTOPSY REPORT - SUMMARY

Name: Andrea Gayle Stover
DOB: 7/14/72
Age: 29
Gender: F
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 120 lbs.
Path MD: J. Johnson
Type: COR
Autopsy No: 21A-2002
Death Date - Estimate: between 12:15 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. on 1/14/02
Autopsy Date: 1/15/02 @ 08:00
 
Sheriff's Case No: 000133-14A-2002
 
Detailed reports on file.
 

EXTERNAL EXAMINATION - SUMMARY:

The body is presented in a black body bag. At the time of examination, the body is clothed in a blue and gray striped long-sleeved shirt, blue denim jeans, and black ankle-high boots. A silver Timex watch and band, a silver ring with a Chinese yin yang symbol, a silver ring with a crucifix symbol, and a silver hoop navel ring (partially avulsed) are also present on the body.

The body is that of a normally developed, well nourished Caucasian female measuring 67 inches in length, weighing 120 pounds, and appearing generally consistent with the stated age of twenty-nine years. The body is cold and unembalmed. Pronounced unblanching lividity is present on the anterior of the body in the regions of the left aspect of the face; the inner aspect of the left arm; the inner aspect of the right arm; the inner aspect of the right thigh, knee, and calf; the anterior aspect of the left thigh and knee; and the outer aspect of the left calf.

The scalp is covered by long (22 inches) blonde hair. The body hair is female and average. The head is symmetric and there is extensive evidence of external traumatic injury, to be described below. The eyes are open and the irises are green. Pupils are asymmetrically dilated. The teeth are natural and well maintained, and show injuries to be described below. There are six piercings in each ear.

The anterior chest and abdomen show injuries to be described below. The breasts are female and contain no palpable masses. The pelvis is broken. The external genitalia are female and unremarkable. The back is symmetrical and intact. The upper and lower extremities are symmetric, normally developed and intact with large contusions at the point of impact. The hands and nails show injuries to be described below.

Otherwise, there are no residual scars, markings or tattoos.

DESCRIPTION OF INJURIES - SUMMARY:

INJURIES OF THE HEAD AND NECK:

1. Fractures of the left parietal, frontal, and temporal bones with the temporal being the most severely damaged.

Opinion: These are fatal wounds.

2. Severe facial distortion due to muscle separation from the skull resulting from impact.

Opinion: These are non-fatal injuries.

3. Several displaced teeth and tooth fragments, concentrated primarily on the left side and including the central and lateral incisors, canine, and premolars. Teeth and fragments found lodged in the tongue and the insides of the mouth and lips.

Opinion: These are non-fatal injuries.

4. A fresh contusion around the base of the neck, measuring 6-¾" long by 1/8" wide.

Opinion: This is a non-fatal injury.

INJURIES OF THE TORSO:

1. Soft tissue ruptures of the abdomen and thorax. The colon and small intestines breached the abdominal rupture and ruptured, expelling the contents. The bladder ruptured, spreading urine throughout the cavity.

Opinion: These are fatal wounds.

INJURIES OF THE HANDS:

1. Broken fingernails on the index and middle fingers of the left hand.

Opinion: These injuries may be compatible with defense wounds or may have resulted from impact.

2. Broken fingernails on the thumb, index and middle fingers of the right hand.

Opinion: These injuries may be compatible with defense wounds or may have resulted from impact.

3. Multiple fresh abrasions and contusions on the left hand and left forearm.

Opinion: These injuries may be compatible with defense wounds or may have resulted from impact.

4. Multiple fresh abrasions and contusions on the right hand and right forearm.

Opinion: These injuries may be compatible with defense wounds or may have resulted from impact.

5. Three fresh fingernail lacerations on the left palm.

Opinion: These injuries are compatible with defense wounds.

INTERNAL EXAMINATION - SUMMARY:

All organs are within normal limits. No underlying pathological disease conditions or congenital anomalies were observed. Examination of the pelvic area indicates the subject had not given birth. Subject was not pregnant at the time of death.

Rigor and livor mortis, in addition to body temperature and other factors, indicate an estimated time of death of between 12:15 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. on 1/14/02.

TOXICOLOGIC STUDIES:

Blood Ethanol: .031
 
Urine Drugs: Not obtained.
 
Clinicopathologic Correlation: None
 

EVIDENCE COLLECTED:

1. Samples of Blood (type A+), Bile, and Tissue (heart, lung, brain, kidney, liver, spleen).
2. Nineteen autopsy photographs.
3. Five postmortem x-rays.
 
Clothing and fibers recovered from underneath the fingernails transferred to Mississippi State Crime Lab for further analysis.

CAUSE OF DEATH:

I. Blunt impact trauma with multiple internal injuries

MANNER OF DEATH:

Homicide.

//Jennifer Johnson, M.D.
Coroner
2/07/02

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