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Swifton woman dies at Spring River

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Alcohol poisoning blamed in death

A Swifton woman died from alcohol poisoning July 9 at the Many Islands Campground on the Spring River, according to authorities.

Investigator Dennis Simmons of the Arkansas State Police said the death of Lavada L. Brown, 39, is being treated as an accidental death.

"Alcohol was an apparent factor in the death of the victim," Simmons said.

According to investigators, Brown was dead by the time law officers reached the campground at approximately 2:18 a.m.

Lt. Bill Beach with the Arkansas State Police said Simmons collected a blood sample from Brown's body.

Beach said the sample has been sent to the state medical examiner's office for analysis.

"We don't know if drugs were involved, and that's the reason for the blood screen," Beach said.

Simmons interviewed several people at the scene, but Beach was unsure if they were related to Brown, if they were friends or both.

Brown's body was transported from the scene by Fulton County Coroner Steve Barker.

Brown is now in the custody of her family in Newport, according to the Fulton County Sheriff's Department.

Beach said results from the blood test may not be available for several weeks. He said the investigation into Brown's death will continue.

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