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Coroner says foul play not suspected in teen’s death

Updated: September 29, 2013 6:11AM



The coroner investigating the death of a Millikin University student from Orland Hills said Monday that while the cause hasn’t been determined, he doesn’t suspect that foul play was involved.

Macon County Coroner Michael Day said the results of the autopsy on Amanda Puckett might not be final for several weeks, but preliminary findings showed “no overt signs of violence.”

Day said that Puckett, 19, a sophomore at the university, was found unresponsive Sunday morning by her roommate in their room at a residence hall in Decatur, where Millikin is located. She was pronounced dead at 9:04 a.m. at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Day said.

A Millikin spokesman on Monday said the university had no more information regarding Puckett’s death, and Decatur police detectives investigating the death said they had no statement.

An Andrew High School graduate who played clarinet in the Andrew band, Puckett was a music performance-instrumental student at Millikin. Her sister, Madalyn, is a sophomore at Andrew.

The school’s crisis team has assembled, with counselors and social workers available “to talk with students and staff as they grieve,” Carla Erdey, spokeswoman for Consolidated High School District 230, said in a statement. “Our hearts are with Amanda’s family and all who cared for her.”

Puckett, her sister and their brothers, Mike Jr. and Tim, were in the band program while students in Kirby School District 140. Their mother, Debbie, was recognized last year as she was retiring as president of the district’s band parents association. She had been involved with the group for 17 years.

Ray Forlenza, District 140 band director, described Puckett as a “very positive” person who, as a student and musician, “was an excellent role model for others. She put her heart and soul into everything she did.”



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