SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Greene County Medical Examiner’s Office says a woman whose body was behind a row of businesses in southwest Springfield in January died of hypothermia. Final autopsy results confirm what investigators suspected soon after they began to investigate the death of Yvonne Lowers, 51. They've concluded Lowers' death is not suspicious.
The ruling on Tuesday comes after the medical examiner on Monday received toxicology reports on tissue samples from Lowers' body. The toxicology report also says an elevated amount of alcohol in Lowers' system, combined with the effects of hypothermia, likely caused disorientation that contributed to her death.
Someone found Lowers' body on Jan. 10 behind a row of businesses at 3135 S. Scenic Ave. It was partially clothed and about 1.5 miles from her home, which is just outside the city. Springfield police treated the death as suspicious until the final autopsy report was done.