(04/02/2009)
The State Medical Examiner's office has ruled that the death of a 32-year-old Calhoun woman was accidental.

Melody Rush's lifeless body was discovered beside Sycamore Creek early New Year's Day, near the George Parsons residence.

The report indicates Rush died from a 25 foot fall off a rock cliff during darkened conditions, related to "marked alcohol intoxication."

It further states she died from asphyxia related to a cranial injury and hypothermia, her unconscious body was exposed to frigid 15-degree temperatures.

Sheriff Allen Parsons said Rush's vehicle apparently stalled, after which she exited the vehicle, falling over the steep hillside.

Rush's mother, Margie Wolf and sister, Sandra Parsons, said "We hope this report will put questions about Melody's death to rest."

Rush was the mother of three pre-teen children.


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