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POLICE AWAITING AUTOPSY ON DEAD WOMAN

July 30, 2001 – Police are awaiting an autopsy report to determine the cause of death over the weekend of a 39-year-old St. Croix woman.
Jan Marie Hooper was found dead at the home of her ex-husband, Alan Zinman, in Catherine's Hope early Saturday morning.
Deputy Chief of Police Novelle Francis said Monday the autopsy will reveal whether a criminal investigation should be launched, adding that "investigators are uncomfortable with cuts" on Hooper's body and spots of blood in the bedroom where her body was found and in another room in the house.
Hooper, who lived in Pepper Tree Terrace, had reportedly been staying with Zinaman because she had been having some problems at her own home.
Investigators would not reveal the nature of those problems, saying they were still investigating the circumstances surrounding the death.
Francis said he expected the results of the autopsy by Wednesday.

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