Troy University professor found dead at home

Published: May. 25, 2014 at 12:13 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 23, 2014 at 5:27 PM CDT
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LEE COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - The Auburn Police Department is conducting a death investigation after authorities found a woman unresponsive at her home on Friday.

Police say they received a call at 9:12 p.m. on Friday in response to an unresponsive female in the 200 block of Shelton Mill Road. Upon arrival, police found 67-year-old Myrna Kathryn Ness unresponsive in a hot tub at her place of residence. Lee County Deputy Coroner Charlotte Patterson pronounced Ness dead at the scene at 9:45 p.m.

The call to police came after a friend of Ness found her in the hot tub after unsuccessfully trying to reach her by telephone.

Ness is listed as a professor of Psychology at the Phenix City campus of Troy University.

Chancellor of Troy University, Dr. Jack Hawkins released this statement on Saturday:

The Troy university family is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Dr Ness. She was a valuable member of our faculty who will be greatly missed.

Police do not believe that foul play was a factor in Ness' death. Ness' body has been taken to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for an examination to determine the cause of death.

The investigation by the Auburn Police Department, Lee County Coroner's office and the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences is ongoing.

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