Police investigate death of woman who refused medical treatment

Investigators not sure what led to woman's death

FRANKLIN, Ind. - Police are investigating the death of a woman who refused medical treatment after officers were called to check on her welfare.

Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox said deputies were dispatched to the Franklin Mobile Home Park late Thursday evening to check on Bonnie Lindell, 52.

"Deputies arrived at the trailer to find three male subjects and Bonnie Lindell present inside the trailer," Cox said in a news release. "The three males present stated that Bonnie Lindell was drunk and had fallen on a coffee table. When asked where Bonnie could be located, they responded, 'In bed.'"

Deputies said that they found Lindell with her eyes swollen shut and her elbow "deformed."

"She had a bruise on the side of her face and on the cheek area. She had visible bruises on her arm," Cox said.

Lindell told deputies that she suffered injuries in a fall earlier in the day and that she was tired and wanted to sleep, police said.

"When medics arrived, she did not want them touching her and just wanted to be left alone. She refused medical treatment," Cox said.

Medical officials told responding medics that Lindell could not be taken to a hospital if she didn't want treatment, police said.

About 10:45 a.m. Friday morning, medics were called to the home again, finding Lindell dead.

A preliminary result of an autopsy revealed that she died from causes other than a homicide and the case is no longer a homicide investigation.

Police asked anyone with information to call them at 317-346-4604.

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