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CPD rules woman's death an accident

COVINGTON - An autopsy performed on a woman found dead in the woods behind the Fountain Banquet Hall at 10150 Alcovy Road on Saturday morning has ruled out foul play, according to the Covington Police Department.

Louise Dempsey, 57, who had lived at the Super 8 Motel on Alcovy Road for between six months and a year, was discovered by her boyfriend about 8:30 Saturday morning. Both her cell phone and cash were found on the body.

According to CPD Sgt. Arvo Bowen, the cause of death was blunt force trauma to her head.

He said there was reason to believe she was intoxicated because of video showing her at the motel and leaving the nearby Chevron station, as well as eyewitness accounts.

He said Dempsey was found at the base of a concrete wall about 5 or 6 feet high.

"There's a trail in between the Super 8 and the Chevron station where people cut through the woods," he explained. "It's a safe pathway with a 21/2- to 4-foot concrete wall there. Where she went in at, possibly because of her inebriated state, she went to the wrong area and there's a 5- to 6-foot wall there that is covered over with weeds at the top of it. We think she stepped off, inverted and hit her head on some rocks there and snapped her neck immediately."

Bowen said Dempsey was last seen alive as she left the Chevron station Friday night around 7:50 after buying an 18-pack case of beer. She was found about 12 hours later by her boyfriend.

"He was at Super Wal-Mart at 7:43 Friday night and has a sales receipt. He had just previously talked to her on the phone," Bowen said.

Bowen said detectives believe the woman was originally from Alabama, but had very little other information on her.

"It is really unfortunate. Her drinking and a combination of events had to be in place for this horrible accident to happen," he said.