UPDATE: Grover Beach woman died of natural causes


An autopsy has determined that an 85-year-old woman who was found dead in her home Tuesday died of natural causes, according to Grover Beach police.

The woman was identified Wednesday as Wyona Kent, Grover Beach police Lt. John Peters said in a news release.

Officers went to Kent’s home in the 200 block of Saratoga Avenue about 1:10 p.m. to check on her welfare and found her dead inside the home.

The manner in which she was found was suspicious to the officers, who opened an investigation. Officers found Kent’s body in the hallway. Peters declined to comment on what officers thought was suspicious about her death “out of respect for the family.”

The cause of death was a pulmonary embolism, he said.

Kent lived alone; a family member contacted police and requested a welfare check.

Toxicology results are still pending, but officers have reclassified the investigation from suspicious to a natural death investigation, Peters said.

-- Cynthia Lambert

Original story:

An elderly woman was found dead in a home in Grover Beach today, and police said the death was suspicious.

Lt. John Peters of the Grover Beach Police Department said officers were sent to a home in the 200 block of Saratoga around 1:10 p.m. after being called to check on the welfare of the person living there.

“Upon their arrival, they located an elderly female deceased inside the residence,” Peters said in a news release. “The manner in which the decedent was found was suspicious to the officers and they notified the detective bureau.”

The home was searched, and neighbors were interviewed. An autopsy on the woman’s body will be conducted Wednesday.

No suspects were identified by police.