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Va. woman's death during storm ruled accidental

Tuesday - 10/9/2012, 7:42am  ET

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Authorities say a Newport News woman whose body was found during a storm died from drowning.

The Chief Office of the Medical Examiner says the death of 57-year-old Mary McLean has been ruled as accidental.

A pedestrian found McLean's body on Aug. 25 floating in a ditch. A storm that day caused flooding in Newport News and Hampton.

Authorities found the body of another woman, 28-year-old Brittany Hinz, in her Newport News apartment during an evacuation of the building.

Medical examiner's office spokesman Glenn McBride tells The Daily Press ( http://bit.ly/R34Tla) that the cause of Hinz's death hasn't yet been determined.

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Information from: Daily Press, http://www.dailypress.com


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