- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

BLAIRSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A coroner says a western Pennsylvania woman whose body was found by some railroad tracks may have been drinking and fallen into a puddle before likely dying of hypothermia.

Indiana County Coroner Jerry Overman Jr. says toxicology tests will take weeks to help him finally determine the cause of death for 53-year-old Nichele Gais.

Gais was walking home from her sister’s in Blairsville Monday night, with temperatures were in the teens. Her sister found her body the next morning.

The coroner says the body was found about 40 feet below a street that runs near the railroad tracks, and investigators believe Gais may have stumbled down the hill and landed in 3 to 4 inches of water near the railroad tracks. There’s no evidence she was hit by a train, but the body had injuries consistent with falling.

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