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Posted: January 25, 2012

How did Stacey English die?


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            How did Stacey English die?
Atlanta police at the 300 block of St. Johns Avenue SW Monday afternoon, Jan. 23, 2012.

            How did Stacey English die?
The scene in the 300 block of St. Johns Avenue SW on Monday afternoon, Jan. 23, 2012.

By Veronica Waters

ATLANTA, Ga. None —

Only part of the mystery surrounding Stacey English's disappearance has been solved.  Nearly one full month after she vanished from her Buckhead condominium, English's body has been found and identified, but how she got there is unknown.

Wednesday, the Fulton County coroner confirmed that the badly decomposing remains discovered wedged under a tree in Atlanta Monday afternoon are those of English.  They used dental records to confirm her identity. 

But Paul Desamours, with the medical examiner's office, tells WSB they still don't know how the 36-year-old woman died.

"We didn't find any signs of trauma or anything that would specifically lead to a cause of death," says Desamours. "That investigation is ongoing, so we're doing toxicology."

Additional testing and results could take at least six weeks, he said.

English's body was found near St. John's Avenue Monday afternoon by some men who were hunting for scrap metal and tire rims.  It was in the same general area near where her still-running car was discovered in a library parking lot shortly after her disappearance of December 26, 2011.

In December, English's mother told police that her daughter had had one suicide attempt in 2008 and was currently taking medication for a condition that was not publicly disclosed.  The day before she disappeared, she had been talking to friends about the end of the world, quoting Bible scriptures, and expressed the fear that someone was trying to hurt her.  She also had asked a man visiting her from St. Louis if he was Satan.  The man said he left the condo at English's insistence.  Atlanta Police said earlier this month that that man is not a suspect in English's case.


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