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Fatal fall at resort ruled accidental

From Staff Reports

The death of a woman who fell 12 stories at the Coeur d’Alene Resort was ruled an accident Tuesday, 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 she 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, according to the Coeur d’Alene Police Department.

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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