Professor at Troy University in Phenix City found dead in hot tub

benw@ledger-enquirer.comMay 24, 2014 

No foul play is suspected in the Friday death of a Troy University professor who was found dead in her hot tub in Auburn, Ala., the Lee County Coroner’s Office said today.

Myrna Kathryn Ness, 67, was found unresponsive in her hot tub after Auburn Police and emergency medical personnel from East Alabama Medical Center received a call at 9:12 p.m. CDT. Ness was pronounced dead about 30 minutes later by Lee County Deputy Coroner Charlotte Patterson.

Ness’ body was taken to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Montgomery for a postmortem examination to determine a cause of death.

Authorities said Ness was listed as a professor of psychology at the Phenix City campus of Troy University. A friend told police that Ness did not respond to phone calls before she went to the house to check on the professor. The friend found Ness in the hot tub located in her back yard in the 200 block of Shelton Mill Road.

The death remains under investigation by the coroner’s office, Auburn Police Department and the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences.

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