LA Police Say Woman Commits Suicide With Chainsaw

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County coroner’s officials have identified a woman who killed herself with a chainsaw in the bedroom of her Palms townhouse.

Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter says 47-year-old Valerie Nash was in bed and had a self-inflicted neck wound. A chainsaw was in the room.

Winter says authorities will try to determine whether she had a history of depression and whether she was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Police Officer Norma Eisenman says the woman may have been dead for as long as a day.

She says the woman’s sister discovered the body and called police at around 12:30 a.m. Thursday.

A suicide note was found but details haven’t been released.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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