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Lori Williams autopsy inconclusive; toxicology could take months

By Walter Geiger An autopsy conducted on the body of Lori Williams performed at the state crime lab May 8 was inconclusive and investigators will now await the results of toxicology testing to determine a definitive cause of death. Williams’ body was found May 8 in a densely wooded area off Klopfer Road in south Monroe County near Bolingbroke. She left her home on Hwy. 36 East here May 2 and did not return. Her car had been spotted by a helicopter crew May 7 about a mile back in the woods. The following day, another air crew spotted buzzards circling something. The crew landed in a nearby clearing, hiked to the body, confirmed it was that of Williams and directed ground crews to the scene. The body was found on the banks of Tobler Creek another half mile into the woods from the car. A GBI crime scene specialist processed her car and then returned to the area to process the body. At one point, Williams, 39, had called her husband Robert Williams and asked him to bring fuel for her car. Her voice was slurred and she seemed disoriented. Her last known call was to a Griffin man who is cooperating in the investigation. Family members used a cell phone application to ping her phone and iPad in the Bolingbroke area. That led to the concentrated search that eventually led to the car and, subsequently, Williams’ body. The investigation turned up evidence Williams shopped at a Publix on Bass Road May 1. They retrieved video of her visit to the store. Sgt. Lawson Bittick of the MCSO said the search for Williams was grueling. One of his female investigators was wearing a fitness tracker and logged 10 miles the day the body was found. Sgt. Bittick feels the death will be ruled a suicide but others disagree. ’This is not the type of area a woman would choose to commit suicide,’ a resident of the neighborhood who identified herself only as Diane reported. Williams body was found lying face up along the creek. The body was not concealed. She was wearing pink scrubs. Her phone and debit card were with her. There were no weapons or drug paraphernalia on or near the body, Sgt. Bittick said. Sheriff Brad White reported during the search that Williams had been battling depression since the death of her son, 21-year-old Zach Chambers. Chambers was killed in a March 19 traffic accident on High Falls Road here. Another son, a 15-year-old juvenile, was driving the car and could face charges in connection with the death. Obituary information on Williams will be announced by Conner-Westbury Funeral Home in Griffin. As of Monday morning, arrangements are pending until her body is released from the state crime lab.

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