Box Elder County officials reveal cause of death for woman, 26, found in Bear River

Nicole Barlow. Photo; GoFundMe

BOX ELDER COUNTY, Utah, Oct. 21, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — More than a year after a 26-year-old woman’s body was found in the Bear River, investigators have ruled on her manner of death.

A fisherman found the body of Nicole Marie Barlow, of Brigham City, about a quarter mile from a Corinne-area boat ramp in July of 2016. The Box Elder County Sheriff’s Department announced it would investigate the case as a “suspicious” death.

On Friday, the Box Elder County Sheriff’s Department released results of the investigation, which included dozens of interviews and travel to multiple states, the statement said.

“Combining all of this information along with the evidence gathered from the scene, Detectives met with the Utah State Medical Examiner for a final overview of the case,” said the statement, signed by Chief Deputy Dale Ward.

“The Medical Examiner has ruled the manner of death as an accident; the immediate cause of death was drowning due to acute morphine and methamphetamine toxicity.
There was evidence of alcohol, methamphetamine, amphetamine and morphine detected in the toxicology with some of those levels being toxic. During autopsy there was no evidence of trauma.”

Barlow left behind a daughter, Hadlee, according to a GoFundMe page.


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