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Update: Injuries not consistent with a homicide in the death of Heather Rose

Heather Elizabeth Rose was discovered by police north of the 600 block of W. Center Street, near a Paris feed mill. She was reported missing on March 8 by a family member and found deceased on March 12. (Submitted photo)

Heather Elizabeth Rose was discovered by police in an area north of the 600 block of W. Center Street, near a Paris feed mill. She was reported to have left home on Friday, March 7, and a family member reported her missing the following day. Her body was found four days later. (Submitted photo)

The Paris Police Department continues its investigation into the death of 18-year-old Heather Rose, but based on the investigation and preliminary autopsy results, detectives believe that her injuries are not consistent with an assault.

Rather, it appears she died following a jump or fall from a substantial height, Paris Police Chief Bob Hundley said Wednesday.

Detectives spent two days investigating the scene where the body was found in the 600 block of West Center Street.

The police will not have a complete autopsy report until the toxicology results become available, which should be in 4 to 6 weeks. The Medical Examiner will then provide police with the findings to shed more light on the case.

“Despite rumors and speculation in the community, the [police] department wants to stress that Ms. Rose was not shot, she was fully clothed, and her death is not being investigated as a homicide at this time,” the police chief said.

“When a deceased person is discovered, prudence calls for the scene to be treated as a homicide first until details, facts and evidence prove otherwise,” Hundley said.

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