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Woman found near South Charleston died of natural causes, police say

By Staff reports

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kanawha County sheriff's deputies do not suspect foul play in connection to a woman who was found dead in the woods near South Charleston Monday morning.

A Kanawha County Metro 911 dispatchers said the woman's body was found off a gravel road past Myrtle Tree Road on Chestnut Street at about 7:45 a.m. The person who called 911 said the woman whose body was found had frequently camped in the area.

The victim was identified as Julia Hughes, 53, of South Charleston. Capt. Rick Rose of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department said Hughes' body was found in a tent where she had been staying.

Sheriff's Capt. Bryan Robbins said it appears the woman was burning charcoal for heat inside the closed tent. The state Medical Examiner's Office will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death, Robbins said.


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