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Coroner releases cause of death for woman found lodged in window

Esther Kline (Source: Lebanon Police) Esther Kline (Source: Lebanon Police)
Esther Kline's home Esther Kline's home

The Warren County Coroner's Office has ruled the death of a 44-year-old woman who was found pinned in a window as accidental.

Lebanon police responded to the 1100 block of Mohawk Drive just after 6 p.m. Tuesday evening after David Kline reported that he had found his wife, Esther Kline, lodged in a basement window and not breathing.

Police and EMS arrived and removed Esther Kline from the window. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators say she had been pinned "most of the day."

An autopsy was performed Wednesday at the Miami Valley Crime Laboratory. The coroner determined the cause of death to be compressive asphyxiation, and the manner to be accidental. Compressive asphyxiation is defined as "the mechanical limitation of the expansion of the lungs by compressing the torso, hence interfering with breathing."

Preliminary investigation reveals that she may have locked herself out of the home and had trouble getting back in. Her husband was reportedly out of town for work and returned home to find her body.

The case remains under investigation.

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