Jul 22, 2007

Cause of Strunk's death could take 6 more weeks to resolve

Did Roger Strunk take drugs or poison before falling 20 meters to his death at an inn in Tracy, California earlier this month?
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Online newspaper Tracy Press (www.tracypress.com) reported that officials said they have sent Strunk's body to a toxicology lab to test if he took drugs or poison before dying.

Les Garcia, spokesman for the San Joaquin County Sherriff’s Department, said the cause of Strunk's death will not likely be resolved for at least

six more weeks.

But for the moment, city officials have had to field phone calls from Philippine-based media on follow-up stories regarding Strunk's death.

Strunk, 68, was charged in 2002 for hiring someone to kill his wife, multi-awarded actress Nida Blanca (Dorothy Jones in real life) in November 2001.

The Tracy Press story said city public affairs officer Matt Robinson’s cell phone has rung off the hook for the past week and a half with Philippine-based reporters.

Robinson took at least 15 calls from reporters who asked for an autopsy photo and asked who witnessed the body after Strunk fell from a balcony of the Tracy Inn.

"They want to know the updates every day ... I tell them ‘he’s still dead,’" Robinson said.

Cindy Angeli, sergeant at the San Joaquin County Coroner’s office, added that people are asking a lot of personal questions, "and I really try to be sensitive to the families."

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