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Investigators believe Meridian woman fell from Greyhound bus

By By Marianne Todd/The Meridian Star
Aug. 16, 2001
Investigators say a Meridian woman whose body was discovered in heavy traffic early Sunday morning about 20 miles south of Washington, D.C., apparently fell or was pushed from a Greyhound bus.
Investigators are still classifying the death of 19-year-old Donna Deloise Peden as "suspicious," and suspect foul play, Caldwell said.
An autopsy has been conducted, but officials are not yet releasing the preliminary results, largely because the release of too much information could compromise the investigation, Caldwell said.
Police learned of Peden's body when morning commuters called in, reporting a body in the high-occupancy lanes of Interstate 95. The stretch of interstate runs from Richmond, Va., north to Washington, where traffic is heavy day and night, Caldwell said.
Caldwell said police are following several good leads based on phone calls from residents.
Marianne Todd is a staff writer for the Meridian Star. Call her at 693-1551, ext. 3226, or e-mail her at mtodd@themeridianstar.com.

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