Limestone County authorities await toxicology reports for 61-year-old while her family struggles to cope

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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office awaits information from forensic examiners to figure out the cause of death for a woman found Monday night in southeast Limestone County.

Christine Garth

Christine Garth

Sheriff Mike Blakely said an autopsy was performed Wednesday morning, but the pathologist wanted to wait to issue a cause of death for Christine Garth until toxicology work can be completed. A passerby found the body of the 61- year-old along the side of a road Monday night around 10:30.

Garth’s son told WHNT NEWS 19 that family members are just trying to help each other cope with her death.

On Wednesday, you could see a new wreath hanging outside the Christine Garth’s home in Belle Mina. It’s an indicator that there’s been a death in the family.

“Anybody deserves to be treated better than she was,” said Clayton Garth. “And that’s the part that keeps you up at night.

Clayton Garth is one of Christine Garth’s four children. The family gathered at her home on Garrett Road to help each other cope and remember her in better times.

“We just had church all day on Sunday, so she had a good time,” said Clayton Garth. “No matter what, that’s how we’ll remember her.”

He says she loved Morning Star United Methodist Church in Belle Mina and she took care of her tiny community, offering comfort to anyone who was sick.Courtesy:  Garth Family

He explained that he and his family and friends are all struggling with how she died, her body found along the side of the road on Zion Church Lane.  She was nude from the waist up, her top and coat, laying nearby.

“The biggest tragedy of it all was that we weren’t there to be there and that’s what hurts the most,” said Clayton Garth.

He says the family is waiting for answers from investigators and hopes someone will come forth with information. But, they are not worried about their mother.  They say she wasn’t afraid of death and has gone to a better place.

“She made her peace with that a long time ago,” Clayton Garth added.

Investigators say she was on the phone with someone Monday night around 9:45. That was about 30 minutes before a driver found her body.

Sheriff Blakely said his deputies have interviewed several people to try to determine a timeline of her activities.