Body found in Lafayette church parking lot identified

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The body of a woman found in a church parking lot on New Year’s Day has been identified.

Just before 10 a.m. Thursday morning, Lafayette Police responded to a report of an unresponsive female in the parking lot of God’s House Church. The woman’s body was found halfway underneath a van in church’s parking lot near the intersection of 16th and Greenbush.

Emergency personnel arrived and determined the woman to be deceased. Police officials were not immediately able to make identification.

The woman was identified by her family as 45-year-old Amparo “Amy” Hernandez of Lafayette.

The Tippecanoe County Coroner’s office performed on autopsy on Saturday. Tippecanoe County Coroner Donna Avolt told News 18 Hernandez lived in the area, and said Hernandez’s death was accidental.

Avolt said the exact cause of death is pending toxicology results.

Area resident Elaine Mayes said although the woman’s death was not ruled a homicide the situation left her feeling uneasy.

“A little unsafe,” said Mayes. “Like I said, scared to go outside at night after it get’s dark because this area is really dark. We need street lights.”

Avolt said the death was not a suicide, but said Hernandez did not die from natural causes. Avolt said it could be four to six weeks before they have the toxicology results.

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