Woman found dead on home tanning bed in Tarrant County

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Posted on January 22, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 23 at 12:35 PM

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SANSOM PARK — Police in Sansom Park are trying to determine what caused the death of a woman found dead on a tanning bed early Sunday morning.

Investigators said they were called to a residence in the 5700 block of Terrace Trail at 12:17 a.m. A man told police he returned home to find his girlfriend, identified as 46-year-old Rhonda Waits, on the tanning bed and unresponsive.

In a statement released Monday, authorities reported that the tanning bed was not on at the time Waits was found. However, the tanning bed does have a timer that turns the machine off when the time expires.

Police, fire and medical personnel determined that Waits was dead with no signs of trauma.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's office has yet to rule on an official cause of death.

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