Amy Kennelly, the Edmonds woman whose body was found in a wooded area of Woodway March 3, died of “hypothermia with a contributing condition of prescription drug intoxication,” the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office said.
Search and rescue crews found the 48-year-old Kennelly’s body the day after she was reported missing by her family. In a statement released April 26, the medical examiner listed the official cause of death as an accident.
Police said that on the evening of March 2, Kennelly’s vehicle had pulled into a driveway in the 11000 block of Algonquin Road in Woodway and bumped into the garage door of the residence. Police responding to that incident looked for the driver, without success
The vehicle was towed and during the night, police officers made repeated unsuccessful attempts to make contact with Kennelly to find out if she was involved in the collision. At the time, police weren’t certain if she was in the car, or if she loaned the vehicle to someone, Edmonds police spokesman Sgt. Shane Hawley said.
After Kennelly’s family reported her as missing, police responded to the area where her car was found and began a foot search of the area. Snohomish County Search and Rescue also came to the scene to help search until about 10 p.m. that day. The search resumed the morning of March 3, and Kennelly’s body was found about 100 yards from where the car had crashed.
At the time of the incident, Edmonds police said they were uncertain what Kennelly was doing in the woods prior to the time her body was discovered, but did note that she lived in the Woodway area years earlier.
Hawley said that the police investigation will remain open until police receive the complete medical examiners report.