Bensalem woman's death ruled accidental drowning

December 22, 2012 6:12:58 AM PST
The death of an elderly Bensalem woman whose body was recovered from the Delaware River was ruled an accidental drowning.

Crews found the body of 73-year-old Jean Carson onThursday morning a short distance from where investigators believe she fell in.

Police say Carson went to smoke a cigarette while at a party with friends and never came back.

Bucks County Coroner Joseph Campbell told an area newspaper on Friday that toxicology tests will take about a month to complete to determine whether alcohol was a factor in her death.

Police said Carson, a legal secretary, was attending a Christmas party that night.

According to friends, Carson was in good health and did not suffer from any medical or mental problems.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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