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Officials investigate Tolin's death

Officials investigate Tolin's death

Former KWHS wrestler's funeral set for Monday

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An autopsy on the body of Casper native and University of Oklahoma student Sarah Dawn Tolin determined that her death on Monday was caused by hanging, an official with the Oklahoma state medical examiner's office said Wednesday.

Tolin, 23, was found early Monday at her off-campus apartment in Norman, Okla., by OU Department of Public Safety officials.

"The cause of death is going to be hanging, the manner of death is pending," said Kevin Rowland, chief investigator for the state medical examiner's office in Oklahoma City.

Neither suicide nor homicide had been ruled out and toxicology tests will be conducted to determine if Tolin had been using drugs or alcohol, Rowland said.

The OU Department of Public Safety had no further information on the manner of death, said Lt. Bruce Chan.

OU police received a call of a reported hanging at about 12:30 a.m. Monday, according to police records. Officers attempted to resuscitate Tolin, but were unsuccessful.

She was the daughter of Donald and Vickie Tolin of Casper.

Tolin was an arts and sciences senior at Oklahoma University.

She graduated from Kelly Walsh High School in 2000 and attended Casper College for a year before transferring to Neosho Community College in Kansas.

In 1998, Tolin successfully challenged a Wyoming High School Activities Association rule that prohibited mixed gender teams. After a two-year fight, the WHSAA allowed girls in grades 9 through 12 to participate in boys football and wrestling.

At Kelly Walsh, Tolin was also a member of the student council and played viola in the school orchestra.

She was a two-time Wyoming Girl's High School National Championships and a High School All-American.

She was recruited by Neosho Community College, one of only six in the country that offered women's wrestling.

The 121-pounder placed second at the University National Championships in Evanston, Ill., in May 2002.

Her funeral will be at 3:30 p.m. Monday at Highland Park Community Church. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery.

Bustard's Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. A complete obituary will be published later.

Reporter Tom Morton can be reached at (307) 266-0592, or at


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