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POSTED: May 8, 2007 5:02 a.m.
Suspicious death
April 17, 2007
Miller Park, Flemington

Liberty County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death of 20-year-old Briana Varnedoe of Midway. According to initial reports, Varnedoe was with a friend at Miller’s Park Tuesday night when she became ill and collapsed. Her friend called 911, which responded to the scene and took the victim to Liberty Regional Medical Center. Varnedoe was pronounced dead in the emergency room. Initial autopsy reports indicate there were no signs of foul play. Toxicology reports are still pending.

Deceased person
April 16, 2007
Clem Road, Midway

The body of 67 year-old Leroy Benjamin was discovered after his aunt reported not hearing from him for the last two months. Deputies went to check on Benjamin when his aunt, who lives in Savannah, reported her nephew would normally call every few weeks and visit periodically but had not done so in two months. As deputies checked his home, they detected a strong odor coming from the rear of the house and found him lying on his bed. It appeared he had been there for some time. According to detectives there were no visible signs of foul play and an autopsy determined the death was from natural causes.

— Patty Leon
 

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