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Woman found dead in rental van identified

Monday, 10 February 2014 02:22 Published in Local News

  Metro-east authorities aren't sure how a woman found slumped over the wheel of a rental van in a store parking lot actually died.  

   The Madison County Coroner's Office has identified the victim as 42 year old Frances M. Ragan of East Alton.  The coroner's officer reportst that an initial autopsy found no signs of violence or trauma. Further testing, including toxicology tests, will be performed.  

   An employee of the Dollar General store in the 400 block of Broadway in South Roxana had discovered the woman Saturday morning and called police.  

   Investigators are asking anyone who spoke to Frances Ragan over the past several days to contact them.

DeSmet senior dies over weekend

Monday, 10 February 2014 01:58 Published in Local News
   DeSmet Jesuit High School notified parents Sunday about the death of a student. Senior cornerback Adrian Bowman died Sunday, less that a week after announcing his intent to play football for Lindenwood University next fall.  A cause of death hasn't been released.  
   DeSmet football coach Pat Mahoney spoke Fox 2 News about Bowman's death. "He was absolutely one of the toughest, most aggressive kids that I've coached in my entire career, just a great teammate," Mahoney said.  "Several of the player on our team, they've been together since sixth grade, fifth grade playing, so they've known each other virtually their entire lives."
   School officials opened the campus chapel Sunday night, making counselors available to students and families.  Counselors will also be available on Monday.
 
 

Father's appeal elicits Facebook tribute video

Friday, 07 February 2014 04:28 Published in Local News
   ST. LOUIS (AP) - A grieving father's personal appeal to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has prompted the social network to release a retrospective video tribute of the man's deceased 21-year-old son.
   John Berlin of suburban St. Louis posted a YouTube message to Zuckerberg on Wednesday seeking a copy of Facebook's new "look back" video feature for his late son, Jesse, who died in January 2012.
   The automated tool creates a 62-second video using photos and comments previously posted by Facebook users. The YouTube plea has since drawn more than 1.1 million views.
   Facebook typically disables the accounts of people who have died. But the company said in a statement Thursday that Berlin's request "moved us to take action" and suggested Facebook might alter its policies on information posted by users who later died.
 

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