Glen Carbon woman found dead in her driveway

News-DemocratJanuary 13, 2014 

The Madison County Coroner's Office is investigating a weather-related death of an 83-year-old Glen Carbon woman.

According to Glen Carbon police, Mary L. Kampwerth was found Saturday without any signs of life in her driveway in the 4500 block of State Route 159. She was discovered by Glen Carbon Police Officer Jeff Blind while he was on routine patrol.

Coroner's Investigator Shane Liley pronounced Kampwerth dead at 8:55 a.m. Saturday. She was found in her driveway fully clothed and appeared to be in a frozen state. There were no signs of trauma to her body.

It's unknown how long Kampwerth had been outside. A statement from Madison County Coroner Stephen Nonn said Kampwerth could have been outside as early as Tuesday based on evidence at the scene including newspapers and mail delivery. The area is not easily visible by neighbors or people passing by, especially if she had been partially covered by snow, according to Nonn.

An autopsy was conducted and was inconclusive pending additional laboratory and toxicology studies.

Funeral arrangements for Kampwerth are being handled by Weber & Rodney Funeral Home in Edwardsville.

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