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Police identify woman dead in apparent chainsaw suicide

A woman who authorities say may have killed herself with a chainsaw was identified early Thursday by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

Valerie Nash, 47, was discovered by her sister in their residence on the 3600 block of Keystone Avenue in Palms about 12:40 a.m. Thursday. Through a crack in the door, the sister saw Nash lying dead in her bed with a chainsaw nearby. Investigators later discovered a suicide note.  

“She has a neck wound, but it hasn’t officially been ruled a suicide yet,” coroner’s spokesman Larry Dietz said. “Though that’s what appears to be.”

Dietz said that a coroner’s investigator arrived back into the office just after 9 a.m. and will begin preparing a preliminary report. He said doctors will not take the case until Friday at the earliest. Physicians would determine if an autopsy is necessary.   


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-- Matt Stevens

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