Police leaning toward not suspecting foul play in death of woman in Laguna Lake

The identity of a woman found at Laguna Lake this week is being delayed until today because of the condition of her body.

San Luis Obispo Police said an autopsy was performed Thursday but they won’t know the cause of death until toxicology test results are completed, which could take two or three weeks.

Police said they are leaning toward not suspecting foul play in the death of the woman. She appeared to have been in the water about five or six days until a resident along the lakeshore called police around 3 p.m. Monday to report something suspicious in the water.

The woman’s body was found floating face down among reeds near the dock at the lake’s boat launch and did not show any obvious signs of trauma or cause of death, police said.

Police are investigating the possibility that the body was that of Shell Beach resident Stacie Jones. The 48-year-old woman went missing at Laguna Lake Park around 10 p.m. May 22 after an argument with a friend, police said.

She was last seen walking toward Madonna Road but not found after an extensive search by police and a CHP helicopter.

- Leslie Parrilla

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