The coroner's office has yet to make a ruling on the bodies of two women found just days after their reported disappearances.
The two cases, while separate, have a lot of similarities: two women in their late thirties, suffering from various degrees of mental illness (according to police), disappear from family only to be found dead in close proximity to each other in Western Erie County.
Girard State Police, the canine search team and volunteer firefighters found the body of 35-year-old Kathleen Robin in the woods several hundred yards off of New Road in Franklin Township in Southern Erie County Sunday.
Authorities had been searching for Robin, who disappeared from her residence on New Road last week. According to State Police, a trail camera captured a shot of Robin in the woods, several hundred yards behind the VFW Post on Route 98. Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook says he is waiting for more information from police before making a definite ruling, but hypothermia is the likely cause.
Meanwhile, Saturday afternoon, search teams from the Lake City Fire Department discovered the body of 39-year-old Christine Spohn of Girard was reported missing Friday evening. Her body was found on the shoreline in the Lake Erie Community Park, in Girard Township. Cook has ordered toxicology in this case before making any determination on the manner or cause of death.
The two cases are not connected and the State Police, along with the coroner's office say the deaths are not suspicious. Coroner Cook tells us, "the only thing we are sure of is that there is no sign of foul play in either case... we are working with State Police and the others and hopefully, in the next couple of days, we will be able to come up with a cogent story".
According to police, both women suffered from mental illness. While the rulings have yet to be made, suicide is likely. Nicole Moore, the Nurse Manager of the Outpatient Clinic at Safe Harbor Behavioral Health at UPMC, says they, unfortunately, see this happen to families and urge individuals to call their crisis hotline (814-456-2014 or 1-800-300-9558) at any time in hopes of preventing tragedy.
"They can't see a solution," Moore tells us, "they don't feel a way out, so in terms of talking with families; working with those struggling the most important thing is to try to help them understand people care about them and there are resources out there for them".
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