Autopsy Ordered in Three Longview Deaths

Mourning family members are waiting for the results of autopsies to find out what mysterious illness claimed the lives of three East Texas women over a 9 day period.

All three women were hospitalized after suffering respiratory problems.

17 year old Ashley Taylor of Longview died on November 30th, 42 year old Cheryl Bothwell of Longview died November 25th, and 43 year old Debra Davis-Rust of Gilmer died November 21st.

All three displayed similar flu-like symptoms, but preliminary autopsies were inconclusive as to what caused the deaths. Results from a Dallas edical examiners office are expected within 4 to 6 weeks.