Woman found in Annapolis ravine believed to have died of hypothermia

March 01, 2014|By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun

An apparently homeless woman found dead in a ravine Friday in Annapolis is believed to have died from hypothermia, Anne Arundel County police said Saturday.

The body of Diane Donati, 48, was found in a ravine around 12:20 p.m. by someone walking their dog at Bestgate Park on Bestgate Road, police said. Her death has been preliminarily ruled accidental as a result of hypothermia by the medical examiner, police said, though toxicology results are still pending. Donati was found wrapped in a blanket and dressed for cold weather, and had no known address.

Investigators saw no signs of trauma or foul play, police said. Bestgate Park is owned by Anne Arundel County and includes fields, basketball courts and tennis courts.

This is the second time this winter a body has been found in Anne Arundel County. The body of Diana Kapnistos Hester, 49, was found at the Bay Hills Golf Course in Arnold on Jan. 22. An autopsy found she had signs of hypothermia and no signs of foul play were found in the investigation. Hester lived about a mile away from where her body was found.

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