Police drop homicide investigation

Police investigated the death of a badly bruised woman, who died the morning after emergency workers were called to check on her, but have ruled out a homicide based on autopsy results.

Bonnie Lindell, 52, was found dead Friday morning in a home in Franklin Mobile Home Park, off Old U.S. 31 south of Franklin, and preliminary autopsy results showed she was not a victim of homicide.

Investigators initially had looked into the possibility of foul play because they came to her home and found her with swollen eyes and bruises about 12 hours before her death, Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox said.

Cox said Lindell had medical issues, but declined to give details on any conditions. Lindell refused to go to the hospital and get treatment, Cox said. Police, medics and family members couldn’t persuade her to get help, he said.

“Unfortunately, she didn’t want help,” he said. “It’s sad for everybody. It’s sad for her family and sad for the law enforcement officers, who were really disturbed by this case. Even her family couldn’t talk her into going to the hospital.”

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