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The Newton County coroner said Thursday that he is ruling the Dec. 31 death of an Oronogo woman in a guest room at the Days Inn in Joplin a suicide by prescription-drug overdose.

Motel employees discovered the body of Joyce M. Marchand, 54, inside a secured room at the Days Inn, 3500 S. Range Line Road. Joplin police found two empty pill bottles and a suicide note in the room.

Coroner Mark Bridges said the prescription pills the woman is believed to have taken were the narcotic pain reliever OxyContin and the anti-anxiety drug alprazolam.

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