Autopsy: Heart trouble killed mom of slain SC teen

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) - An autopsy has found a South Carolina woman who died the same day autopsy results were released in her teen daughter's death had congestive heart failure.

Police originally thought 41-year-old LaVette Rucker died from an overdose, but Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore told the Anderson Independent-Mail that initial toxicology results from Wednesday's autopsy showed Rucker only had proper amounts of prescribed drugs in her system.

Shore says he sent blood samples to the State Law Enforcement Division as a precaution.

Rucker's body was found in her Williamston home Tuesday, just hours after authorities announced her 17-year-old daughter A'sha Rucker was strangled several days before her body was found last November. No arrests have been made in the killing.

Information from: Anderson Independent-Mail,

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