Provided by Boulder Police DepartmentAshley Mead
An Oklahoma medical examiner was unable to pinpoint the cause and manner of death of Ashley Mead last year, ruling that not enough of her dismembered body was recovered to make any conclusions about how she died.
In his final autopsy report late last month, Tulsa Medical Examiner David Arboe ruled the cause and manner of the 25-year-old Boulder woman’s death to be unknown.
Medical examiners have five manners of death to choose from when making rulings: natural, suicide, accident, homicide and unknown.
“The entire body was not available for postmortem examination, which precludes a definitive cause and manner of death,” Arboe wrote in his report.
In addition to Mead’s head and limbs being missing, the autopsy report also noted that most of her organs had been removed after her death. Despite searches of landfills in several states, police have never been able to recover any other body parts.
While the medical examiner did not rule the death a homicide, Boulder prosecutors have charged Densmore with first-degree murder in the case, saying they believe he killed Mead at the apartment they shared in Boulder.
Densmore, 33, is scheduled for a three-week trial in the case beginning April 9. The murder charge carries a life sentence in prison without the possibility of parole if he is convicted.
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Source:: The Denver Post – News