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Fuquay-Varina woman's cause of death undetermined

Posted May 27, 2011

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— An autopsy failed to determine the cause of death of a Fuquay-Varina woman whose body was found in a muddy ditch in March.

Sandra Denise Thomas, 41, was found off Lawrence Street in Fuquay-Varina on March 29.

Her body had blunt force injuries and numerous puncture wounds, according to an autopsy report released Friday. The medical examiner said some of the injuries could have come from her being thrown from or dragged by a moving vehicle.

"The complexity of these injuries and the scene findings suggests that some other person or vehicle may have been involved with this death," the autopsy report states.

Still, the medical examiner noted that Thomas might have suffocated since she was face-down in the ditch or might have bled to death from her various injuries. The autopsy report also noted that she had cocaine and alcohol in her system when she died.

Fuquay-Varina police said they continue to follow leads in the case but have no suspects. Police have offered a reward for information leading to an arrest and ask that anyone who can assist in the investigation call Detective Sgt. Jeff Wenhart at 919-753-1006.

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  • Twittyfan May 27, 2011

    Praying for the family and friends..

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman May 27, 2011

    LPE - "Please, for the sake of medical professionals, attorneys, law enforcement and forensics, STOP believing what you see on TV!"

    Well, ok then. Please answer this question which I posted before...

    "Her body had blunt force injuries and numerous puncture wounds, according to an autopsy report released Friday. The medical examiner said some of the injuries could have come from her being thrown from or dragged by a moving vehicle."

    Did she throw herself from that moving vehicle or drag herself from a moving vehicle to cause those injuries to herself?

  • Cotton333 May 27, 2011

    People and their ignorant comments about what a ME can/cannot/should be able to do make me laugh. Please, for the sake of medical professionals, attorneys, law enforcement and forensics, STOP believing what you see on TV!

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman May 27, 2011

    "Her body had blunt force injuries and numerous puncture wounds, according to an autopsy report released Friday. The medical examiner said some of the injuries could have come from her being thrown from or dragged by a moving vehicle."

    "The complexity of these injuries and the scene findings suggests that some other person or vehicle may have been involved with this death," the autopsy report states.

    Did she throw herself from that moving vehicle or drag herself from a moving vehicle to cause those injuries to herself?

    Absurd!!!

    Sounds like the ME needs to call Quincy.

    Praying for those who loved her.

  • SaltlifeLady May 27, 2011

    The medical examiner could not determine what the puncture wounds were caused by? It would also seem that inujuries from being thrown from a vehicle would be different that those caused by being dragged by a vehicle. Her poor family. These are terrible (lack of) answers to give to them. Its not like her body had been there for months and had decayed. Seems like with all current technology the lab and medical examiner should be able to determine more.

  • YNCSW51 May 27, 2011

    Sad prayers are with the family.

  • husk8corn May 27, 2011

    That never happens on CSI.