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Autopsy on AppState student Anna Smith shows no trace of drugs

Preliminary autopsy results released Wednesday showed no trace of drugs in the body of Anna Smith, an Appalachian State University freshman found dead in the woods near campus last month.

A toxicology report released by the office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Raleigh showed the 18-year-old from High Point apparently had ingested nothing out of the ordinary when she disappeared the night of Sept. 2. Her body was found Sept. 13 in the woods just outside campus near Mountaineer Hall, the last place she was seen.

Her disappearance touched off a massive search in the college town of Boone and surrounding mountains. Police said there was evidence Smith, who had been in personal crisis in the first weeks of the semester, had left a note behind and asphyxiated herself.

Dr. Patrick Lantz, the medical examiner who did the autopsy, an expert in both forensic and pediatric pathology, determined that Smith had no injuries on her head, neck, chest or pelvic region.

A final autopsy report is expected in coming weeks.

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