Water isn’t found in the lungs of 63-year-old Prosser victim discovered unresponsive

Water isn’t found in the lungs of 63-year-old Prosser victim discovered unresponsive

Benton County Deputy Coroner Dennis Morris said Friday that results from an autopsy were inconclusive but that he did not find water in the lungs of 63-year-old Prosser woman, Debra Harris, who officials initially thought drowned.

Authorities will be waiting up to eight weeks for more information on her death.

He said because it was an unwitnessed death, there are other factors to consider, but he did not wish to elaborate.

Prosser police have said they are trying to determine if Harris fell while trying to get water from a shallow storage basin or had suffered a medical emergency.

For now, Moore will standby for results of a toxicology test and a tissue sample, which takes between six and eight weeks to complete.

Debra Harris was found unresponsive in the shallow water of a storage basin in the 100 block of State Route 22 Tuesday afternoon, Prosser police said.

Police have said Harris didn’t live at the house.

The water basin was used to collect water to be used inside the house, with authorities said reportedly had no running water.

Investigators were told Harris was going to collect water and was found unconscious in about a foot or less of water than an hour later.

Information from the Yakima Herald-Republic was included in this report.

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