Posted: Dec 17, 2010 1:01 PM by Zach Thaxton
Updated: Dec 17, 2010 1:56 PM
Mindy Lee, the 33-year-old Manitou Springs mother of two who went missing and was later found dead behind Woodland Park high school earlier this month, had multiple drugs in her system at the time of her death, according to the Teller County Coroner.
Dr. Earl Byrne confirmed to News First 5 that Lee had methamphetamine, oxycodone, and wellbutrin in her system at the time of her death. Lee was reported to have jumped out of a car near Woodland Park High School on November 27, running off and out of sight without wearing any shoes, according to friends who told Woodland Park Police that they tried in vain to search for her after she ran off. Lee was found dead on a practice ballfield behind Woodland Park High School on the morning of December 1. Her body was covered in recently-fallen snow.
Dr. Byrne tells News First 5 there's "no doubt" that the three drugs acting in concert contributed to an altered state-of-mind at the time Lee went missing. Hypothermia was determined to be the official cause of death. Methamphetamine is an illegal narcotic. Wellbutrin is a poweful prescription medication used to treat major depressive disorder. Oxycodone is one of the most-abused prescription pain medications.
Speaking by telephone with News First 5, Lee's father, Jay Cribbs, said he was aware of the results of the toxicology report and was "surprised" to hear the news. He declined to be interviewed on-camera due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, but said there are still more questions than answers regarding the night of her disappearance.
Lee left behind two daughters.