Hancock County

Waveland woman's death appears accidental, police say

By WESLEY MULLER

wmuller@sunherald.com

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 Crime-scene tape remains around the house of Karen Humphries in the usually quiet neighborhood near St. Joseph Street and Jeff Davis Avenue on Jan. 22. Waveland police said Humphries was found dead under suspicious circumstances in her home Jan. 21.
WESLEY MULLER/SUN HERALD Crime-scene tape remains around the house of Karen Humphries in the usually quiet neighborhood near St. Joseph Street and Jeff Davis Avenue on Jan. 22. Waveland police said Humphries was found dead under suspicious circumstances in her home Jan. 21.

WAVELAND -- Police believe the Thursday death of Karen Humphries was a "tragic accident," Chief Dave Allen said.

Officers found Humphries, 49, dead in her St. Joseph Street home after they were asked to check on her.

"At this point we feel that Karen's death was a tragic accident and we wish to extended our condolences to her family during this trying time," Allen said in a press release Tuesday. "The house has been released to relatives."

Hancock County Coroner Jim Faulk said she died from blunt-force injury, including skull fractures and contusions and hemorrhages of the brain.

After the discovery of her body, police approached the case as "suspicious" because the circumstances were "not clear-cut," the chief said.

"The investigation is still, however, open awaiting the lab and crime-scene results," Allen said.

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