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Woman's death ruled accidental

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By Calen McKinney

 

It was an accident.

The investigation into what caused April Miles' death is now complete and results show she died from a mixture of legal drugs.

Taylor County Coroner Terry Dabney said last week that Miles died of a combination of medications. He has ruled her death as polypharmacy, the use of excessive medication.

Dabney didn't specify which drugs were found in Miles' system.

"Just accidentally took too many of them," he said. "Just an unfortunate situation."

Preliminary autopsy results revealed nothing suggesting foul play in Miles' death, and toxicology results showed there were several drugs in her system.

Dabney said he gave a final report about his findings in Miles' death to her family members last week.

Miles, 40, was found dead in a semi truck in mid-July. Taylor County Sheriff Allen Newton said deputies were called to Robinson's Marine parking lot on KY 55 and found her in the back of a semi truck.

An autopsy was performed and Dabney said many standard tests, as well as a toxicology test, were done and will help investigators piece together what happened to Miles. Newton said Miles appeared to have been lying in the back of the truck.

"It just appeared she was sleeping," he said in July.

Newton said earlier in the investigation that he didn't suspect foul play to have caused Miles' death. He said Miles was found with several bruises on her body, but those have been ruled as non-life threatening.

Newton said the investigation revealed that Miles and her husband, Rik, argued often. He said the investigation showed that the bruises on Miles' body were consistent with intoxication and not as the result of an argument.

He said his deputies relied heavily on toxicology reports to help them investigate what happened to Miles.

Newton said his deputies have collected statements from family, friends and others and performed forensic tests on Miles' cell phone to help determine what happened to her. The investigation has now been concluded.

Miles was buried in Good Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery.