Lehigh Valley

Coroner: Body of Audrey Penn too decomposed to find cause of death

Penn went missing from assisted living facility.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP, Pa. - The Lehigh County coroner has released the findings from an autopsy of a woman who went missing from a senior living facility and was later found dead.

Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim says he is unable to determine the cause of death of 77-year-old Audrey Penn due because her body was too decomposed.

However, the coroner says there "was no evidence of trauma or foul play."

Penn's body was found in a drainage ditch at the intersection of Hamilton Blvd. and Kressler Road in Lower Macungie Township, two miles from the facility from where she went missing.

Penn went missing from Woodland Terrace Oaks Senior Living Community in Salisbury Township on August 23. Her body was found on September 17.

Since then the state Department of Human Services moved to revoke the assisted living facility's license over alleged "gross incompetence, negligence, and misconduct."


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