Capt. Roy Willingham with Rome City Police says the autopsy results on 25-year-old Marika Marie Nelson show no trauma to her body, not even any bruising.
Nelson was found late Monday inside a car at Heritage Park in downtown Rome. Willingham says the toxicology report is pending and could take up to six months for the report to be completed.
RPD Investigator Michelle Sims says they do not believe her death is a homicide.
“Because there were no outward injuries to her body we have no reason to believe it was a homicide. At this point, we are looking at some type of medical issue or other issue to caused her death,” she says. “There has been a tremendous amount of public interest in this case and we appreciate all of the public’s assistance in providing information.”
Previous report: An autopsy is scheduled on the decomposed remains of a 25-year-old woman who was discovered inside a car at Heritage Park in downtown Rome late Monday afternoon.
“I’m ruling it a suspicious death,” says Deputy Coroner Gene Proctor, adding it was not a suicide. He identified her as Marika Marie Nelson; next of kin was notified Monday evening.
The woman had been in the car for at least 36 hours when she was found, he says, adding that it could have been even longer. With the heat in recent days — it was 94 in Rome on Monday — the body already had began to decompose, he says.
“Somebody walked by and noticed the smell,” Proctor added, triggering the investigation.