Niagara Gazette

January 28, 2013

Lockport woman found in snowbank ID'd; how she got there remains a mystery

Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — LOCKPORT — The wife of a Lockport doctor and mother of two has been identified as the woman found barely alive in a snowbank Saturday off Davison.

Dawn M. Jehrio, 43, later died at Eastern Niagara Hospital - Lockport.

Jehrio had two sons and worked as the office manager for her husband Dr. Gregory Jehrio's medical practice. 

Lockport Police Detective Captain Rick Podgers said Dawn Jehrio's core temperature when she was found about 6:20 a.m. Saturday suggests she had been outside for several hours.

The investigation into the last few hours of her life continues following an autopsy that was performed Monday at the Erie County Medical Center.

Podgers said the medical examiners were leaning toward hypothermia as the cause of death but they will await the results of blood work before making an official determination.

"It could take several weeks" for the results to come back, Podgers said. "There were no obvious signs of injury that would cause death."

Jehrio was discovered on the grounds of the former Social Services building by a passer-by and had last been seen around 10:30 p.m. Friday after she had visited a patient at the hospital.

"At one point, family members were making phone calls in an attempt to find her," Podgers said.

The Social Services building sits only a few hundred feet from Jehrio's Bonner Drive home.

Jehrio's body temperature was very low when she was discovered and efforts by emergency room personnel at EHN-Lockport to raise her temperature and keep her alive were unsuccessful.