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August 25, 2011

Coroner: No cause of death for East Limestone woman

A cause of death has not been determined for a woman found dead Wednesday in her East Limestone home.

The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office was called to the home of Janet Green, 57, of 26943 McLemore Circle shortly after 2:30 p.m.

A lifelong friend who was concerned for Green’s safety found her body after finding the door unlocked and seeing signs of a struggle inside the home.

Coroner Mike West said no cause of death has been determined. An autopsy will be conducted Friday in Huntsville.

Sheriff Mike Blakely said Green and her husband — identified as Joseph Phillips, 55 — were in the process of divorcing. Green was living alone in the house at the time of her death.

Blakely said Green had a restraining order against Phillips, and Phillips had a warrant out for his arrest for violating that restraining order.

Following the discovery of Green’s body, the sheriff’s department issued a be-on-the-lookout alert for Phillips’ truck. Blakely, however, did not identify Phillips as a suspect in Green’s death.

Phillips was later arrested and booked shortly after 8 p.m. for violating a protection order. He was still being held Thursday morning on those charges, though no bond had been set.

Neighbors gathered in Green’s front yard on Wednesday called her death “suspicious.” Sheriff’s Investigator Leslie Ramsey said neighbors told her a domestic incident had taken place at the home Tuesday night, but had not been reported to police.

The News Courier will have more details as they become available.

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