The Richmond Register

July 22, 2008

Elderly woman found injured

Heather Harris

Local police suspect no foul play in the death of an elderly Richmond woman who was discovered early Monday morning in her home suffering from severe head injuries.

Joann Tribble, 78, of 107 Teakwood Drive, died Monday as a result of a serious head injury according to Richmond Police Sgt. Willard Reardon.

Tribble was found around 1 a.m. in her home by a family member returning from a visit to a friend’s residence. The initial emergency call to officials stated that an elderly female had “fallen and was unconscious,” according to a police press release.

Responding officers found Tribble “unconscious, but breathing,” Reardon said. Tribble was transported by Madison County EMS to Pattie A. Clay Regional Medical Center. Later, Tribble was transferred to the University of Kentucky Medical Center and was pronounced dead at 10:50 a.m. by the Fayette County Coroner’s Office, Reardon said.

No foul play is suspected, according to police. The investigation is ongoing and that is not unusual in a case such as this, Reardon said. The Richmond Police Criminal Investigation Unit was dispatched to “process” the scene as a “precautionary measure,” Reardon said.

Although Tribble’s injuries were “quite severe,” they appeared to come from an accidental fall and no signs of foul play were observed, Reardon said.

An autopsy is scheduled Tuesday by the State Medical Examiner’s Officer in Frankfort.