Cause of Niagara Falls Woman's Death Still Unknown

2:18 PM, Feb 10, 2012   |    comments
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NIAGARA FALLS, NY - The medical examiner performing the autopsy on a missing Niagara Falls woman whose body was found Wednesday is still trying to determine the cause of her death.

Investigators say there was no outside trauma to Burr's body, but they are still awaiting other tests and toxicology reports.

Police say members of an organized search group looking for Burr  found her body in a wooded area off 102nd Street in the Love Canal section of the Falls.

Family and friends gathered Wednesday morning to search for Judy Burr, 67, who was last seen Friday afternoon when her husband went to work. Police say they are treating the death as suspicious because of the unusual location where her body was found. But they point out there was no sign of a struggle or any indication of trauma on the body. An autopsy will be performed Thursday morning by the Erie County Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death.   

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Police say Burr was last seen by her husband at their home watching television around 12:30 p.m. Friday when he left for work.  Mr. Burr called their house around 4:30 p.m. and left a message on the answering machine. When he returned home, the message hadn't been checked and Mrs. Burr was not home.

Mr. Burr started calling friends and family, but no one knew of her whereabouts. Family members say there was no indication of any medical issues or problems that would cause her to wander off on her own. They described her as a loving mother and grandmother who was retired.

Mrs. Burr's vehicle was located in the parking lot of the Niagara Falls Senior Citizens Facility on Colvin Boulevard. Her body was eventually located about five blocks away in the wooded area just off 102nd Street. Police say they started searching on Friday with a tracking dog and the use of a Sheriff's helicopter but there was no trace of her.  

Anyone with information is asked to call Niagara Falls Police at 286-4711.


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