Posted July 28, 2007
Medical examiner says death appears to be accidental
Reported that investigators identified the body found in a car pulled from the Fox River Thursday as Mahalia Xiong, the 21-year-old Green Bay woman who had been missing for almost two weeks. Xiong, a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, was last seen by friends about 2 a.m. July 13 leaving the parking lot of Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley after a night of bowling and drinking.
Family questions results for Green Bay woman found in car in Fox River
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Reported that the family of Mahalia Xiong questioned a report that her blood-alcohol level was reported at 0.12 percent. The legal limit is 0.08 percent.
Filed by the Green Bay Press-Gazette
November 3, 2007
Anti-seizure medication found in blood stream
Reported that Mahalia Xiong died accidentally. But questions remain about how an anti-seizure medication — which amplifies the stupefying effects of alcohol — ended up in 's blood stream before she died. Authorities speculate that someone may have given it to Xiong to relieve a headache; however, they haven't ruled out a more nefarious reason either. "We know that valproic acid, even at low levels … is medication that, when consumed in combination with another depressant of the central nervous system, will enhance that depressant," Klimek said. "Valproic acid with alcohol would cause (Xiong) to act more inebriated than she would with just alcohol in her system.
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