Barbara Coe likely died Wed., 3/27

SALEM – Salem Police are still waiting for a cause of death for an elderly woman found in her Cedar Ridge Drive home last Friday, but Chief J.T. Panezott confirmed information about when she may have died.

Information received by the Salem News put the date of death for 72-year-old Barbara Coe as Wednesday, March 27. When Panezott was asked about that information, he said they thought that might be the day through the interview with her husband, but stressed that they had not received any confirmation from the Columbiana County Coroner’s Office on that.

Thomas Coe, 83, had been interviewed at Salem Community Hospital, where he had been taken after police were called to an apartment on Cedar Ridge Drive on Friday for an attempted suicide. He had allegedly threatened to harm himself. Police found his wife deceased and have been investigating her death as a suspicious one.

“That is what he told us, that she passed away Wednesday,” Panezott said.

The chief said they’re still not sure what happened and they’re waiting on the cause of death, which he said he was told could take up to a week or more.

When asked if the coroner was waiting for toxicology results, he said he was sure that’s part of it, adding the coroner won’t release anything until they have a full report to give to police.

An autopsy was performed in Summit County at Columbiana County’s request. Panezott had no information on Thomas Coe’s condition or whether he was still hospitalized.

Funeral arrangements for Barbara Coe were pending at Stark Memorial Funeral Home.

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