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Autopsies of Two Sisters Confirm One as Natural Causes, Raises Questions on Second

web posted January 17, 2014

EDGEFIELD More information has been released on two sisters that died 20 hours apart at their parents home on Ridge Road in Johnston. The sisters, Trina Simpkins Felder, 36, and Willette Simpkins Johnson, 49, who died on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively, were autopsied on Thursday. Edgefield Daily was earlier supplied with an age of 28 for Mrs. Felder, which was incorrect.

Edgefield County Deputy Coroner David Burnett said Thursday that Mrs. Felder died of cardiac arrest, according findings from the autopsy. "We've got no reason to find it was natural causes," Burnett said.

However, the initial autopsy report on her sister, Mrs. Johnson, gave pause to ruling on the death at this time. Burnett said there were irregularities in the initial report and that additional tests would be performed, including toxicology. "We don't suspect anything suspicious," Burnett said, "but we just want to wait until all the results come back."

"It really is a tragic situation," Burnett said.

Between the two sisters they leave behind a total of six children, three each. Mrs. Felder had recently given birth just weeks prior to her death, according to FaceBook postings by family members.

Mrs. Johnson was at her parent's home grieving over the loss of her sister who died there the previous day when she fell into cardiac arrest, information provided said.

Edgefield Daily will report on the final conclusion of the investigation by the Coroner's Office. Burnett said that unless something out of the ordinary comes up, they feel the second death will be ruled as natural causes.

Funeral arrangements have been announced late Thursday night. Obituaries can be found here.

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