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CdA Resort fall ruled accidental

Hambrice (Courtesy Univers / The Spokesman-Review)
Hambrice (Courtesy Univers / The Spokesman-Review)

The death of a woman who fell 12 stories at the Coeur d’Alene Resort was ruled an accident today, nearly two months after her boyfriend told police it was a suicide.

Lynea M. Sprung Hambrice, 36, student services coordinator at the Louisiana State University School of Music, had a blood-alcohol level of .23 when she fell to her death July 30.

Her boyfriend, Ian E. James, 38, told a 911 dispatcher the two had argued and they’d jumped off the balcony after saying she wanted to kill herself, according to a recording of the call.

James, a financial consultant, cooperated with investigators and volunteered to take a lie detector test, which he passed on Monday, according to the Coeur d’Alene Police Department.

“Her death has been determined by investigators to have been caused from an accidental fall in which she sustained blunt force trauma to her body,” according to a news release.

The couple from Baton Rouge, La., had checked in to the resort the afternoon of July 29 and planned to stay four nights. James’ 20th Kellogg High School reunion was that weekend.

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