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Death of 8-yr-old girl ruled suicide by medical examiner

ANDERSON COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The death of an 8-year-old Anderson County girl has been ruled a suicide by the Medical Examiner's office.

Toni Blair Wilson was found dead in a wooded area behind her home last month.

The Wilson family was at a bar-b-cue with several neighboring families, when according to investigators, Toni Wilson said she forgot something out in the woods, went back to get it and never returned.

About an hour after she left family and friends started searching for her and found her body in the woods.

The case was first ruled as an "equivocal death", but now medical investigators have ruled the death a suicide. Dr. John Stash has determined that the cause of death was asphyxia by hanging. She had used bailing wire tied to a tree branch.

When she was found, Toni had an abrasion on her face. She also had abrasions on her right shoulder, right forearm, right abdomen, right buttock, on the left of her back.

The medical examiner's report also states the young girl had a history of suicidal behavior.

Justice of the Peace, James Westley has not made an official ruling yet.

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