Saturday, November 19, 2011

UPDATE on Natasha Mattis

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Foul play not suspected in death of Kane woman

By Ted Lutz -- Kane Republican

Foul play is not suspected in the death of a 25-year-old Kane woman whose body was found Thursday afternoon behind a garage on Commons Alley in the borough.

"We don't suspect foul play," Kane Borough Police Chief Brian Hillard said Friday in commenting on the death of Natasha Mattis of Pine Avenue.

According to the police chief, the cause of death will be determined at an autopsy in Erie. He said Dr. Eric Vey, the Erie County forensic pathologist, is expected to conduct the autopsy Monday.

Tim Robinson, 29, of Kane discovered the woman's body and called the 911 emergency center. Kane Police Officer Heath Boyer responded to the scene at 3:34 p.m. Thursday.

Robinson said he found the body when he went looking for his dog.

Robinson, who is associated with Tim's Plumbing, Heating and Cooling along Fraley Street, Kane, said he let his dog out a rear door that faces Commons Alley.

When his dog failed to promptly return, Robinson said he went looking for his pet and discovered the body lying on the ground in "a fetal position" next to a railroad tie.

"I tried to wake her up," Robinson said. He said he then called 911.

Mattis was enrolled as a student at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. She was "on track" to graduate in April with a degree in communications, according to a spokesman for the college. 

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