No rulng yet in death of Barbara Coe

SALEM – No ruling has been made yet in the death of an elderly woman who was found in her Cedar Ridge Drive home on March 27, Columbiana County Coroner Dr. William Graham Jr. said this week.

The death of 72-year-old Barbara Coe has remained under investigation as suspicious since Salem Police were first called to an apartment on Cedar Ridge Drive on March 29 for an attempted suicide.

Upon arrival, they initially learned that Thomas Coe, 83 at the time, had allegedly threatened to harm himself. Then they found his wife deceased.

At this point, Det. Dave Talbert said they’re still awaiting some information from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation besides a ruling from the coroner on the cause of death and manner of death.

The cause of death is the physical reason for a person dying, such as heart attack. The manner of death is the ruling the coroner makes based on the cause of death, whether the death is natural, accidental, suicide, homicide or undetermined.

Graham said he just received the autopsy report from Summit County on Tuesday and BCI is still processing some evidence needed to make the ruling.

“We have to wait until we get the whole picture,” he said.