PALMS (CBS) — A Westside woman was found dead on Thursday after she apparently killed herself by using a chainsaw, police said.
KNX 1070’s John Brooks reports the gruesome death was discovered early Thursday morning by the victim’s sister.READ MORE: 3 More Freeway Shootings Unfold On 91 Freeway In OC
Valerie Nash, 47, was found about 12:40 a.m. by her sister in the bedroom of her townhome in the 3600 block of Keystone Avenue near Overland Avenue in Palms, said Sgt. Richard Parks of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Pacific Station.
Nash was discovered with a chainsaw wound on her neck, Parks said.READ MORE: Mandatory Evacuations Remain In Place for 1,000 People Due To Pacific Palisades Brush Fire
“At this point, we’re investigating it as a suicide, as she left a suicide note,” he added.
Initial reports claimed the victim was found with the chainsaw tied to her neck, but Parks said those reports were inaccurate.MORE NEWS: Cache Of Fireworks Worth $50,000 Seized From Santa Ana Home
Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said authorities will try to determine whether she had a history of depression and whether she was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
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