- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 16, 2003

CHARLESTON, S.C., April 16 (UPI) — It could take several weeks to learn the cause of death of the daughter of Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings, whose body was found by her 12-year-old daughter, a coroner said Wednesday.

Authorities said there were no signs of foul play in the death of 46-year-old Salley Hollings, a secretary for a law firm.

Charleston County Coroner Susan Chewning said an autopsy has been conducted, but it will take several weeks before test results are available.

Hollings, daughter of Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings, was found dead on the floor of her Mount Pleasant home on Tuesday morning.

Mount Pleasant Police Lt. Amy McCarthy said Hollings had been dead for several hours before the body was discovered by one of her three daughters. Nothing suspicious or out of the ordinary was found in Hollings' home, police said.

"I know the hearts of the citizens of this community go out to Sen. Hollings and his family," Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley Jr. said.

Hollings, 81, has not said whether he plans to seek re-election for the Senate seat he has held since 1966.

Former South Carolina attorney general Charlie Condon is considering running against Hollings next year and has said he will formally declare himself a candidate before the summer.

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