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WOMAN FOUND DEAD ON PORCH; DRUG OVERDOSE SUSPECTED

Buffalo homicide detectives are trying to confirm the identify of an approximately 40-year-old woman whose frozen body was discovered Friday on a third-floor porch, where she may have died of a drug overdose.

Police suspect that the woman may have been dead for a couple of days on the porch at 300 Ellicott St.

"We don't suspect any foul play," homicide Detective Michael Lyons said Friday night.

Another resident in the four-story apartment house discovered the body at about 10:30 a.m. Friday, then called police to the scene.

"The officers and the ambulance crew found her lying face up, partially clothed, with a crack (cocaine) pipe near her body," Lyons said.

The woman, who apparently lived in the apartment near which she was found, was pronounced dead at the scene. Homicide detectives were hoping to confirm her identity through fingerprints.

An autopsy was scheduled for today in the Erie County medical examiner's office. The preliminary investigation suggested that the woman died from a drug overdose.

Even though police suspect no foul play, homicide detectives were called to the scene because of the unexplained death and the circumstances under which the body was found.

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