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Woman Walking Dog Likely Froze to Death: Police

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014  |  Updated 10:23 AM EDT
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Dog Stays With Woman as She Freezes to Death

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Authorities say a woman whose body was found in the woods in central Pennsylvania likely died of hypothermia.

State police in Lancaster County say the death of 61-year-old Claudine Murphy of Brecknock Township is being treated as accidental.

Police said a neighbor saw Murphy walking her dog Saturday near her home, wearing a shirt with long sleeves but no hat or coat.

Police said she entered a wooded area near Hawk Valley Golf Course and was found dead at about 5:20 p.m. Sunday by a neighbor who heard a dog barking. Trooper Stephanie Trzaska said Murphy's dog had stayed with the body and was barking.

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Police said a medical condition that could have contributed to Murphy's death, but they didn't go into details. Toxicology tests in the case are pending.

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