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Autopsy: Woman who died in sheriff’s van killed herself

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PLATTE CITY, Mo. (AP) _ A medical examiner has ruled that the death of a Missouri woman inside a law enforcement transport van was a suicide.

The Kansas City Star reports that an autopsy found that Emma Linda Lewis intentionally overdosed in June from an antidepressant and cocaine. The 50-year-old Platte City woman wasn’t breathing when the Platte County sheriff’s office van arrived at the jail after a five-minute trip.

Deputies had taken Lewis into custody in June when she refused to comply with a protection order filed by her daughter. Authorities say she threatened to kill herself several times after being handcuffed.

A special prosecutor previously determined that no criminal charges would be filed. Details of the autopsy report and other findings were sealed for 30 days after the decision was made public.
Information from: The Kansas City Star