Autopsy: No Signs Of Trauma Found On Pregnant Mother’s Body


UPDATED: Friday August 3, 2012 6:38 PM

The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Friday that the cause of death of a pregnant mother found in a vehicle was undetermined.

Officials said that an autopsy found no signs of trauma on the body of Deanna Ballman.

Investigators must now await the results of toxicology reports, which could take 8-12 weeks.

Ballman was found dead in the backseat of her car, parked near a wooded area near Bevelheimer Road on Wednesday. Family members filed a police report stating that Ballman disappeared after responding to a Craigslist ad.

The 23-year-old mother of two was expected to give birth to her third child in just a few weeks. Investigators said that her death was considered suspicious.

Investigators spent hours searching through a northeast Columbus home for clues on Thursday. Detectives were seen removing a computer tower, laptop, camera and mouse from the home as well as a brown bag.

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