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(Neb)-Inhalation Of Smoke And Soot Cause Of Death In Fiery Morrill MVA

By: John Axtell Posted at: 08/29/2017 11:45 PM
MORRILL, Neb. (AP) - Preliminary autopsy results show the Morrill High School sports star killed Friday night in a fiery accident south of Morrill died of smoke and soot inhalation. The body of 17-year old Lily Martin of Morrill was found in the car after the fire was extinguished.

        Scotts Bluff County Sheriff Mark Overman says the body was so badly burned that Martin's identity was confirmed through dental records.

        Although the cause of death has been set, Sheriff Overman says a final determination of the manner of death won't be made until the on-going investigation is finished and toxicology results are received, which will likely take 4-to-6 weeks.

       As for the cause of the accident that led to Martin's death, Overman says deputies are investigating all possibilities...adding that there's no evidence at this time of foul play.

       The on-going investigation includes reviews of medical records, cellular data, and information from the vehicle’s electronic control module. Overman expects it to be finished by the time he gets toxicology and final autopsy report. 

       Funeral services for Lily Martin are tomorrow afternoon at 4:30 at Morrill Elementary School. Martin was a standout in basketball, volleyball, and track as well as academically.

     Over the weekend, friends and teammates placed some 50 Morrill High jerseys on the fence near the site of the accident on land owned by her basketball coach while more than 150 people attended a candlelight vigil there Sunday night.


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