A woman found dead in her Olivewood Drive apartment last week apparently died from natural causes, according to preliminary autopsy results from the Merced County Coroner's Office.
The woman, 63-year-old Linda Henke, was found inside her apartment Aug. 13 in the 900 block of Olivewood Drive. Merced police responded to the scene and treated the case as a homicide -- but only as a precaution.
At the time, police were also suspicious about the death because the rear sliding glass door to the woman's apartment was open when the body was found. The screen door on the apartment was shut.
Merced Police Detective Joe Deliman said investigators agree with the coroner's office findings, adding there's no reason to believe foul play was involved. Even though the sliding glass door was open, Deliman said there were no obvious signs of forced entry or a robbery.
There were also no signs of blunt force trauma on the body.
"We didn't find anything in the apartment that raised the hairs on the back of our necks," Deliman said.
Deputy Tom MacKenzie, spokesman for the coroner's office, said it could take up to six weeks to receive the final autopsy results in order to pinpoint the exact cause of Henke's death.
The body was found after a neighbor called police to report an odor.
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