Update: Kirby Lake Death Now Believed to be Medically Related, Woman Identified

Published 07/09 2014 09:53PM

Updated 07/10 2014 03:59PM

Update (07/10/14):

The women found dead along the shoreline of Kirby Lake Wednesday night has been identified, and police now believe the death was not a homicide.

According to Abilene PD, the victim has been identified through fingerprints as Amanda Conaway, a white female, age 30. Ms. Conaway recently moved to Abilene from Stephenville.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner has stated that no foul play is suspected in this death. Police are still waiting on toxicology results before a final autopsy report is issued and this may take 6-8 weeks.

According to family members and the ME’s office, Ms. Conaway did have some medical conditions which may have contributed to her death, though this is still under investigation by medical personnel.

The deceased was wearing a swimsuit when found at the lake shore which may explain her presence at that location

Update 1:00 a.m. (7/10/14):

A woman believed to be in her 30's was found dead at the shoreline of Kirby Lake Wednesday night, Abilene police said. Police say the case is a suspicious death and are currently treating it as a homicide until proven differently.

The call came in around 9:30 p.m. after passersby found the body deceased. The same witnesses saw the woman alive earlier that night, according to Sgt. Lynn Beard.

The Patrol Division first responded, followed by detectives to search the scene. The body was located at the north-east side of the lake near Lake Kirby Park.

Police have a tentative identification of the woman but will run fingerprints tonight. The body has been sent to Tarrant County for an autopsy.


According to authorities, a woman, possibly in her thirties, was found dead on the shore of Lake Kirby just before 10:00pm Wednesday night. 

Investigators have arrived on the scene. 

They have blocked off an area with police tape. 

More information will be released as it is made available. 

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