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BODY FOUND IN LOCAL CONDO

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Authorities still awaiting exact cause of death

By Carol A. Clark

A neighbor happened upon a door left ajar at a residence in the Mountain Village Condominiums Wednesday afternoon, which led to the discovery of the owner’s body.

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Jeanne Lang, 53, had been lying dead on the floor of her master bedroom at 43 Canyon View Dr. for approximately three weeks, according to officials at the scene.

Following a call from the neighbor, police arrived between 1-2 p.m. Wednesday and found Lang on the floor. Pills and a broken wine glass were near the body and some wine bottles were found in the home, according to reports. Initially, officials were suspicious of foul play because the front door of the residence was slightly open and a hole in the bedroom wall contained strands of what appeared to be Lang’s hair. Also, Lang’s mailbox revealed she had not picked up her mail for three weeks.

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Fred Rascon explained that the suspicion changed upon further investigation. Lang apparently had some type of upper gastrointestinal condition and the pills found scattered on the floor near the body were consistent with that type of ailment.

“The body shows no trauma so we are waiting for a toxicology report to determine why Lang died,” he said. “But we don’t suspect foul play.”    New Mexico State Police assisted local officers in the investigation at the request of the district attorney, Rascon said, adding that the investigation is ongoing.

The Office of the Medical Investigator collected the body late Wednesday and transported it to the OMI facility in Albuquerque.

“With the three-day holiday coming up, we probably won’t have an answer as to the manner and cause of death until after Monday, said an OMI spokesman this morning.  

The OMI investigates any death occurring in New Mexico that is sudden, violent, untimely, unexpected or as in the case of Lang, the person is found dead and the cause of death is unknown.

According to a warranty deed filed with Los Alamos County, Lang purchased her condominium from County Council Chair Michael Wismer in November of 2009.

Lang was a systems engineer at the Los Alamos Site Office from April 2009 until she resigned in March, said LASO spokesperson Toni Chiri during an interview this morning.

“We’re very sorry to hear this news,” Chiri said. “Not knowing all the circumstances, we don’t feel it’s appropriate to comment further other than to express our sadness.”

Police notified Lang’s next of kin, a brother in California, of her death.