By Associated Press - Friday, November 28, 2014

MORRISON, Ill. (AP) - A coroner in northwestern Illinois says a 65-year-old woman found dead in the woods after being released from jail died of hypothermia.

Whiteside County Coroner Joe McDonald says it may not be possible to determine the exact time of Janet L. Sims’ death, and results of toxicology tests are still pending. McDonald tells The Daily Gazette in Sterling (https://bit.ly/1vuOCNh) a hunter found Sims’ body partially covered by snow.

Her body was found around 3 p.m. Tuesday in a wooded area a few blocks north of the Whiteside County Jail in Morrison.

Relatives say she suffered from bipolar and schizoaffective disorders and had been in and out of hospitals and the jail for the past 18 months, most recently on a misdemeanor trespassing charge.

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