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Sheriff looks into Camp woman's death

Friday, February 7, 2003

A 34-year-old Camp woman died Jan. 29 after rescue and hospital personnel were unable to resuscitate her.

Loranie Panzy Epperly was pronounced dead at the Fulton County Hospital.

Camp Fire Chief Ray Von Romine and first responders Brenda Sutherland and Gene Wermes were first to arrive at the residence after they were dispatched by the Fulton County Sheriff's Office. Romine said Epperly's boyfriend, Richard Gardner, called 9-1-1 and told authorities he didn't think Epperly was breathing. Gardner said Epperly had been taking several kinds of medications and had complained with breathing problems for two days prior to her death.

Emergency personnel were unable to locate a pulse on the victim who was reportedly not breathing for several minutes before authorities arrived, Romine said.

Rescue workers performed CPR until the Fulton County Ambulance Service arrived. Paramedics worked on Epperly while en route to the hospital. Romine drove the ambulance so emergency personnel could concentrate on the crisis at hand.

Romine said hospital employees continued CPR but were unable to resuscitate her.

Fulton County Sheriff Lloyd Martz said toxicology reports are not back from the lab but at this point the medical examiner's office said no foul play or homicide is suspected.

Romine said he didn't have time to examine the body because when a victim is in respiratory distress the objective is to get the patient breathing.

Martz said due to Loranie Panzy Epperly's young age and the circumstances surrounding her death an autopsy was requested by his office.

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