Salinas autopsy report provides little information

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by Jason Volentine

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azfamily.com

Posted on October 25, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 3 at 1:32 PM

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Disappointing new details have emerged in the death of 19-year-old Adrienne Salinas, the young woman who disappeared from Tempe in June. 

The autopsy report, released Friday, says the remains of Salinas did not provide enough evidence to determine a cause of death.
 
The body of Salinas was found in August, out in the desert more than 30 miles away from where she went missing.
 
Both of Salinas’ parents told 3TV they have no words to describe how they feel about the news.  Her mother was too distraught to even discuss the situation.
 
The autopsy report provided more questions than answers.
 
The report sheds no light on how Salinas died, why her body ended up in the Pinal County wash where it was discovered in August, or even how long her body had been in the desert.
 
The autopsy was performed on mostly skeletal remains covered by patches of mummified tissue.  The only bone damage discovered was attributed to a surgery Salinas had undergone months before her death.
 
The report says alcohol was not in her system at the time of death.  However, the active ingredient in marijuana, THC, was in her toxicology report.
 
Salinas vanished in the early morning hours of June 15, shortly after crashing her car.  She had called her boyfriend earlier in the night to say she was coming over.

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