Cause of death 'undetermined' for woman found near Coweta


By John Dobberstein, Editor

The cause of death for a Tulsa woman found dead near the Arkansas River last summer is “undetermined” according to a report released by the Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The body of Waleen Tenae Littlebear, 44, was found last June along the riverbanks near S. 305th E. Avenue, south of Coweta, in very tough terrain. At the time investigators were unsure of what her cause of death was.

Investigators told the medical examiner that Littlebear was found among organic debris on a sandbar near the shoreline.

According to the report, Littlebear had a history of hypertension, obesity, depression, fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease, chronic pain, chronic tobacco abuse, and chronic drug abuse with methamphetamine and marijuana.

A lab analysis determined that measured concentrations of cyclobenzaprine and methamphetamine were high enough alone to cause death, the medical examiner said.

But due to the lack of information about events before her death and the decomposed state of her body, the medical examiner ruled the manner and cause of death as undetermined.

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