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Woman's death in irrigation ditch under investigation

Jul 25, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Officials are investigating the death of Dajuana Crichton, 55, of rural Riverton, who was found in an irrigation ditch Wednesday near her home on Elkhorn Drive.

The incident was listed as a drowning on initial law enforcement reports, which referred to someone "floating in the ditch" at about 12:45 p.m. Wednesday.

When they arrived on scene, Fremont County Sheriff's deputies reportedly found Crichton unconscious in the canal; they attempted cardio-pulmonary resuscitation until an ambulance arrived to transport the woman to Riverton Memorial Hospital.

Coroner Ed McAuslan said Crichton was pronounced dead after an hour-long resuscitation attempt at the hospital. Her body was autopsied Thursday in Loveland, Colo.

Officials said they don't suspect foul play was involved, but McAuslan said he'll know more after autopsy results are in.

"We don't know if something happened to her and she fell in the ditch," McAuslan said. "I don't have the medical history on her at this time, but we'll be looking at all of those aspects."

He said Crichton did not appear to have been in the ditch for long when she was found.

"It was all fairly quick," he said.

The FCSO in a press release said the ditch involved was about 3 feet wide and 2 feet deep.

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