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Autopsy planned for woman found dead in Washington state

January 28, 2020 GMT

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — An autopsy is planned to help determine the cause of death of a woman found dead inside her Washington state home, authorities said.

Tessa West, 25, was discovered Saturday by her roommate, Tri-City Herald reported Monday.

West may have died days before she was found, Kennewick police said.

Benton County coroner’s office officials were not initially sure if they would do a complete autopsy since there was not enough information on West or her medical history, officials said.

Forensic pathologist Sig Menchel will perform the autopsy, Coroner Bill Leach said.

Leach could not confirm or deny if there were signs of trauma but did say there were no obvious wounds based on photographs.

There are suspicious circumstances surrounding her death after responding to a call to find her not breathing and later discovering her car a few blocks away, police said.

Police are asking anyone with information about West or her car to contact detectives through the non-emergency dispatch line.