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Kristy Sy

Kristy Sy

The body of a Casper woman was found south of the town of San Pedro, Belize, about 8 a.m. Wednesday, according to authorities.

An autopsy performed Thursday confirmed that Kristy Lynn Sy died of natural causes, according to The San Pedro Sun newspaper.

San Pedro police initially treated the case as a murder investigation. At the time, Dr. Giovanni Solorzano of the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Poly Clinic II told The San Pedro Sun that bruises around the woman’s neck could be consistent with strangulation.

According to Eric Heyden, public affairs officer for the United States Embassy in Belmopan, Belize, the autopsy "may have determined" that Sy had a seizure in the water and drowned.

“I have no information which would confirm strangulation or foul play,” he said in an email to the Star-Tribune.

The San Pedro Sun Editor Tamara Sniffin, formerly of Laramie, told the Star-Tribune that Sy’s driver’s license had a Casper address.

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Reach crime reporter Megan Cassidy at 307-266-0534 or megan.cassidy@trib.com. Follow her on Twitter @meganrcassidy.

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