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UPDATE: Body Found In Spokane Valley, Drugs To Blame

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Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office confirms the identity of the female who was found September 26, 2013 at 4th and Custer Road in Spokane Valley, WA. Jamie L. Keiffer, 50, was found dead due to suspected drug toxicity. Further studies are underway.

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PRESS RELEASE FROM SPOKANE VALLEY POLICE DEPARTMENT:

Thursday morning, September 26th, at 8:22 a.m., a citizen called 911 to report that there was a female lying in a field west of the footbridge at 4th and Custer. 

Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputies responded and located a deceased female in the field. Any time there is an unattended death, the Sheriff's Office treats the investigation as a homicide until proven otherwise. 

Currently, Sheriff's Office Major Crimes detectives and Forensic personnel are on scene investigating and documenting the scene.  Once the scene is processed, the body will be released to the Medical Examiner's Office who will perform an autopsy and provide identity, manner and cause of death at a later time. 

It is anticipated the investigation will take the majority of the day and roads will remain closed in the immediate area until all units are clear. If anyone saw anything suspicious the morning of the 26th or the evening of the 25th in that area you are urged to contact Crime Check at 509-456-2233. 

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Authorities are investigating a possible homicide investigation in Spokane Valley. The body of a female was found in a field near the 4600 block of East 4th Street early Thursday morning. The body was found by a citizen who alerted authorities. Again, this is a possible homicide investigation. Every dead body Spokane County Sheriff's Office investigates has to be investigated as a homicide first until criminal activity is ruled out. We will update this story as soon as we get more details. ROAD CLOSURES: 4th Street, from just east of the eastbound I-90 on ramp to Chronicle, is closed. (the I-90 entrance is open) Custer Road is closed between 5th and 4th street.

 

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