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Thursday September 3rd, 2015 11:13AM

Backlog could delay answers in death investigation

By Dean Dyer/WRWH
CLEVELAND - White County authorities said it could be months before they know exactly what caused the death of a Sautee woman following a house fire Saturday.

Earlier this week, White County Chief Deputy Bob Ingram said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime laboratory would do an autopsy and toxicology test on the body of 62-year-old Joanie Menten of Sautee. Firefighters found her body after putting out the blaze at her home on Joe Black Road north of Cleveland.

Ingram said, because of the backlog at the crime lab, it could be a while before complete test results are known. White County Corner Ricky Barrett said he had to wait until Tuesday before the crime lab would accept the body.

Meantime, investigators have been working to determine what caused the fire. According to Ingram, sheriff's investigators have been trying to reconstruct the last 24-hours of Menten's life, looking for information.
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