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Autopsy reveals no trauma to woman buried in shallow grave

GREENVILLE, Pa. (AP) - An autopsy on an Ohio woman found buried in a shallow grave earlier this month revealed no signs of trauma, state police in Mercer County said.

Richard Dean Hodge, 44, of Pymatuning Township, has been accused by police of getting two juveniles to bury the woman after she allegedly overdosed on cocaine in his house. Hodge has been charged with abuse of a corpse and corruption of minors in connection with the death of Naomi Bright, of Jefferson, Ohio.

Reports on whether drugs were in the woman's blood are not expected for several months, police said.

Bright, 22, went to Hodge's home on May 10 or early the next day and overdosed on cocaine, police said.

Hodge wrapped Bright in a shower curtain and drove to a remote location in Ohio where he had the two juveniles bury the body, police said.

Hodge, in the Mercer County Jail on Wednesday, was charged last week after one of the juveniles led police to the body. Police did not identify the youths.

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