NEWPORT NEWS (AP) -- Authorities say a Newport News woman whose body was found during a storm died from drowning.

The Chief Office of the Medical Examiner says the death of 57-year-old Mary McLean has been ruled as accidental.

A pedestrian found McLean's body on Aug. 25 floating in a ditch behind The Alley club. A storm that day caused flooding in Newport News and Hampton.

Authorities found the body of another woman, 28-year-old Brittany Hinz, in her Newport News apartment during an evacuation of the building.

Medical examiner's office spokesman Glenn McBride tells The Daily Press that the cause of Hinz's death hasn't yet been determined.


Information from: Daily Press,

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