The Edmond Sun

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August 22, 2012

Autopsy: Edmond OU student was intoxicated

EDMOND — A 22-year-old University of Oklahoma college student from Edmond was intoxicated at the time of her death, according to an autopsy report.

At about 3 a.m. June 3, Casey Lauren Cooke was found by OU campus security on the east side of Evans Hall, according to the report released by the state medical examiner’s office. After 911 was called, EMS arrived and attended to the student, who was pronounced dead at the scene, the report stated.

Police went up the fire escape and stated the decedent was lined up with the fire escape, the report stated. Students were known to climb the four-story building. Cooke’s shoes were in her purse and the purse was still in her hand, the report stated.

Cooke had acute ethanol intoxication at the time of her death, according to the report. The probable cause of death was blunt force trauma and the manner was an accident. Postmortem toxicological studies showed a level of .19 percent of ethyl alcohol from heart blood and .20 percent of ethyl alcohol from the vitreous humor, the report stated.

Cooke, who graduated valedictorian of her class, was an accomplished gymnast and cheerleader at Edmond North High School, according to her obituary. She excelled academically at OU, where she was a zoology major and a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority. She was preparing for the medical college admissions test.

“Casey was beautiful, intelligent, likable and funny,” family members stated in her obituary. “She had many friends. We will miss her very much.”

Numerous posts offering condolences and sympathy to family members are posted on The Edmond Sun’s website.

Since Cooke's death, OU officials have removed the fire escape ladder from Evans Hall.

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