Mineral Wells woman found in freezer died of meth use, hypothermia

Mineral Wells woman found in freezer died of meth use, hypothermia

Mineral Wells woman found in freezer died of meth use, hypothermia

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Posted on October 18, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 18 at 1:35 PM

MINERAL WELLS (AP) — A medical examiner has ruled that a Mineral Wells woman whose body was found by her 19-year-old son in a freezer died after taking methamphetamine and other drugs.

The Dallas County Medical Examiner's report released Thursday says 38-year-old Shannon Herrin Huddleston apparently grabbed a coat before crawling into the freezer in her garage on Aug. 8.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram
reports that a few hours later Huddleston's teenage son opened the freezer looking for food and discovered his mother dead inside.

The report says Huddleston died of the toxic effects of methamphetamine. It says hypothermia also contributed to Huddleston's death. Her death has been ruled accidental.

In August, initial reports from the medical examiner reported there was no obvious cause of death. Mineral Wells police Chief Dean Sullivan said there were no obvious signs of trauma.

The day of her death, Huddleston called in sick from work and was home with her husband, son and a family friend, according to a warrant affidavit.

While authorities investigated the death, it was never suspected to be a case murder. However, a warrant for arrest was issued for Huddleston's husband at the time for an undisclosed parole violation.

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