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Initial reports indicate allergic reaction killed Rockwood woman

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By Cindy Simpson

A Rockwood woman found dead outside her mother’s home appears to have died from an allergic reaction.

Janice Pugh Tollett, 52, was found behind her mother’s home at 404 Tedder St. on Dec. 15.

Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright said initial reports have indicated the allergic reaction, but it will be a few more weeks before a full autopsy, including toxicology reports, would be back.

“We have not closed our investigation,” Wright said earlier this week. “We’ll keep it open and continue to follow up where we need to follow up to make sure we are doing it the right way.”

Tollett’s cousin, Ralph Hedrick, said nobody in the family knew how she wound up behind the home. He said there had been a lot of movement, with mud on the cars and Tollett found in a mud puddle.

Tollett and her boyfriend, 54-year-old Ronald Lewis Underwood, lived across the street from her mother.

Underwood was charged with aggravated assault when police were on the scene investigating Tollett’s death.

Underwood is accused of attacking Tollett’s brother, Eddie Pugh, who lived in the camper behind the siblings’ mother’s home.

Underwood told police he blamed Eddie Pugh for Tollett’s death.