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July 2, 2012

Falls woman's death still undetermined

Niagara Gazette — Falls police detectives say they'll have to wait for the results of toxicology testing to determine the cause of death of a woman whose body was found in an alley Sunday morning.

Investigators have identified the woman as Faith Sadler, aka Faith Carpenter, 42, of the Falls.

Police said they were called to the 2500 block of Falls Street when a man, who lives in the neighborhood,  discovered the body laying on the ground behind a garage.  Detectives said Sadler was fully clothed and her body showed no outward signs of trauma. 

An autopsy, conducted Monday by the Erie County Medical Examiner, did not provide additional clues about the cause of Sadler's death.

"The autopsy showed no signs of trauma," Detective Lt. Mike Trane said. "There's nothing to lead to a suspicion of homicide, but it is suspicious where she was found, so we're continuing to look into that."

Trane said the toxicology tests might also explain what killed Sadler.

Police said friends and relatives of the victim confirmed she was known to use illegal drugs. Investigators also said she had some history of drug-related arrests.

Trane said police are still trying to determine why she was in the alley. Anyone with information is asked to cal Falls detectives at 286-4553.

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