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Coroner: Ex-Florida judge drowns in hot tub at Georgia home

December 30, 2019 GMT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida circuit judge accidentally drowned in a hot tub at her vacation home in north Georgia, according to a coroner.

A neighbor found Tracy Sheehan, 60, face down in the hot tub on Christmas morning after she grew concerned about hearing the judge’s dog barking, Fannin County, Georgia, coroner Becky Callihan told the Tampa Bay Times.

Investigators believe Sheehan fell, hit her head and then drowned, Callihan said.

“They found evidence where she had hit her nose,” Callihan said. “Her glasses had scratched her nose when she went down.”

The newspaper reported that Sheehan had been dead for several hours before the neighbor found her body.

The Medical Examiner’s Office of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation made the determination. An autopsy report and toxicology results were not yet complete Monday.

Sheehan was a respected lawyer and jurist known as an advocate for children. She had worked as a mediator in family law cases since her retirement in 2017 after 11 years as a judge.