Local Woman Found Dead


Published on October 9 2012 9:26 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Authorities are investigating the death of a local woman.

The Effingham County Coroner's Office reported the death of 20-year-old Ashla R. Owens of Effingham.  Emergency medical crews were called to Owens' apartment along Henrietta Street at 4:28pm.  Owens had been found in her bedroom.  The Coroner's Office was contacted at 4:35pm and Owens was pronounced dead at 5:02pm.

Effingham Police Chief Mike Schutzbach said, "It doesn't look like foul play was involved.  We're waiting for toxicology tests." 

Schutzbach said family members began arriving as word of the death began to circulate, so city police called in Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services to process the scene while city officers talked with family members to get statements.

City police, state officers and the Coroner's Office are investigating the death.