Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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June 25, 2014

Glasgow Police Department: Woman’s death possible homicide

GLASGOW — Rachael Ganz-Williams of Florida didn't know the death of her daughter last week in Glasgow is being investigated as a possible homicide until she was contacted Wednesday by a Daily Times reporter.

Her daughter, Lorine Dawn LaBombard, 37, was taken by private vehicle just before 2 p.m. June 16 to T.J. Samson Community Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, according to a Glasgow Police Department press release. The GPD announced in a statement Wednesday that LaBombard’s death is being investigated as a possible homicide following an autopsy by the state medical examiner’s office in Louisville.

An obituary published on the website for Savino-Weissman Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Coral Springs, Fla., uses the name Lorine Dawn Ganz and indicates she was a native of Santa Ana, Calif. LaBombard moved to Glasgow in December 2012 from Coconut Creek, Fla., according to Ganz-Williams.

“She went to Kentucky to start over, to try something different,” said Ganz-Williams, who lives in Coconut Creek.

Marriage license information provided by the Barren County Clerk's Office and published in the Sept. 7 edition of the Daily Times indicates that LaBombard and John William Amis of Glasgow filed for a marriage license Sept. 3. Ganz-Williams said she doesn’t know whether her daughter completed paperwork to legally change her name.

LaBombard was living at Embark Court in Glasgow at the time of her death, according to both Ganz-Williams and the GPD release.

Ganz-Williams said she received a call about 8 p.m. June 16 from Amis, who said he had driven LaBombard to the hospital because she wasn't breathing and that “she didn't make it.”

After hearing the news, Ganz-Williams called the hospital seeking confirmation. She eventually spoke with a doctor who had treated her daughter.

“It was whatever doctor she saw in the ER that night,” Ganz-Williams said. “He told me they worked on her for at least an hour, but were unable to revive her.”

Ganz-Williams said she also spoke to a police detective that night who confirmed LaBombard’s death, but she could not recall the detective's name.

Jennifer Breslin, director of communications for the medical examiner's office, said the medical examiner prefers to direct questions about causes of death to county coroners.

Barren County Coroner Mike Swift said Wednesday that because the investigation is ongoing, he couldn’t release cause of death information.

“We are awaiting the final report, we haven't even completed the death certificate,” Swift said. “It'll take anywhere from six to eight weeks to get the autopsy report back.”

Ganz-Williams said her family began to suspect something was wrong when LaBombard's body wasn't released right away.

“This is very emotional,” Ganz-Williams said. “She's there, I'm here. I have to wait until I'm told what I can do. I've never gone through this before, and it's just frustrating because I am her mother.”

Julie Anne Williams, public affairs officer for the GPD, said Wednesday that she could not provide any further information about the investigation.

Anyone with information about LaBombard’s death is asked to call GPD’s criminal investigation division or Chief Guy Turcotte at 270-651-5151.

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