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Kayelyn Louder autopsy inconclusive but family insists death 'was not an accident'

An autopsy conducted on Kayelyn Louder, the woman who was missing for two months before her body was found in the Jordan River, was unable to determine her cause of death.
An autopsy conducted on Kayelyn Louder, the woman who was missing for two months before her body was found in the Jordan River, was unable to determine her cause of death.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

MURRAY — An autopsy conducted on Kayelyn Louder, the woman who was missing for two months before her body was found in the Jordan River, was unable to determine how she died.

The autopsy report concluded the cause of death was “undetermined” due to exposure to the water, Louder family spokeswoman Amy Fugal said in a prepared statement Wednesday.

"We knew this was a possibility but are saddened not to have more information or closure. Her toxicology report indicated nothing fatal or illegal in her system," Fugal said.

Louder, 30, was last seen Sept. 27 when a surveillance camera captured her leaving her condominium in Murray, walking away barefoot in the middle of a rainstorm. Police later reported that Louder had made three 911 calls prior to her disappearance. The odd calls raised speculation from investigations that she may have been confused and possibly delusional.

Louder's body was discovered Dec. 1 by West Valley City work crews looking at a drainage pipe near 3300 South and 1200 West. They noticed the body barely sticking out of the water in the middle of the river. It was underneath a bridge and partially hidden by water plants. Because of decomposition, police were not immediately able to determine an age or gender.

"We know there is more to the story. Her family deserves answers and she deserves justice. Without help from influential people or deep pockets, our family fears we are left to accept what the authorities have speculated," Fugal said in her statement. "But we know this was not an accident. We will continue to investigate and do whatever we can to seek truth and justice for sweet Kayelyn."

Murray police detective Kenney Bass said Wednesday that while the investigation into her death was still ongoing, there has been no evidence to suggest foul play was involved.

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