Woman found dead in Athens

A 35-year-old woman was found dead in an Athens motel room Monday after a cleaning staff member called the Athens Police Department when the tenant did not answer the door.

Mary Lambert, of 17 Rallen Drive, Apt. A, The Plains, was found in room 229 of the Sunset Motel, 135 Columbus Road, at about 12:30 p.m. Monday, according to an Athens Police news release.

The Southeast Ohio Emergency Medical Services and the Athens County Coroner were at the scene shortly after Athens Police found Lambert unresponsive, according to the release.

Lambert was sent to the Montgomery County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy. The time of death is estimated to be between midnight and 2 a.m. Monday, said Athens County Coroner Harold Thompson.

All possibilities are being explored, including drug overdose, heart attack and homicide, Thompson said.

Homicide does not seem to be a possibility at this time

but it isn't necessarily being ruled out

he said. <BR><BR>The autopsy will determine the direction of the investigation, but will not be completed for another six to 12 weeks, Athens Police Capt. Tom Pyle said. <BR><BR>Pyle would not comment on why Lambert was at the motel or how long she had been there. <BR><BR>Motel staff members directed all questions to Athens Police. <BR><BR>
Laura Service
Mary Lambert was discovered dead in room 229 of the Sunset Motel in Athens Monday. (Zach Nelson | DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY)

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