Death at Hous­ton-area for­est ruled accidental

The Dallas Morning News - - Texas Briefs -

HUNTSVILLE — The death of a woman last sum­mer af­ter she went miss­ing in the Sam Hous­ton Na­tional For­est in southeast Texas has been ruled accidental.

Walker County author­i­ties said an au­topsy showed that 55-year-old Theresa Kirk­patrick had metham­phetamine among nu­mer­ous drugs in her sys­tem.

Sher­iff Clint McRae told

The Huntsville Item that Kirk­patrick’s body showed no signs of phys­i­cal trauma but de­tec­tives had been treat­ing her July death as sus­pi­cious.

Kirk­patrick’s hus­band re­ported her miss­ing.

They be­came sep­a­rated in the for­est about 50 miles north of Hous­ton while search­ing for a mo­tor bike that had bro­ken down ear­lier.

McCrae said that the woman from Porter in Mont­gomery County also had di­a­betes and other med­i­cal con­di­tions and that the high heat and hu­mid­ity that day also may have con­trib­uted to her death.

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