AUSTIN (KXAN) - Five months after the body of Jamie Minor, 26, was found decaying in the exhaust duct system of the Norwood Tower , official toxicology results have been released.
"Of course, we had been waiting for this toxicology report," said Jamie's mother, Pamela Minor. "They did indeed find something. It showed that this drug ('bath salt') was in Jamie's system."
Minor's body was found on June 25, and the death officially ruled accidental in early October, when the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office said the cause of death was hyperthermia . Temperatures in the duct system reached as high as 115 degrees during the triple-digit heat wave Austin experienced during the summer.
The toxicology report on Minor's system showed the presence of:
- promethazine -- in skeletal muscle
- citalopram -- in skeletal muscle
- methylenedioxpyrovalerone (MDPV) -- in skeletal muscle and liver tissue
- lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)
Promethazine is a drug used to treat allergies and/or cold symptoms.
Citalopram is also called Celexa, and is an antidepressant.
Methylenedioxypyrovalerone is an hallucinogen, commonly known as "bath salts." According to the Drug Enforcement Association, the effects of the drug last about two to three hours, although adverse effects have been reported lasting from six to eight hours.
"I, of course, am confused in not knowing this part of Jamie, not knowing her as the person that was irresponsible and willing to hurt herself," Minor said. "I have a feeling she did not buy this drug. I have a feeling that this was given to her. Given to her by people out generally to have a good time. But, some people can't have a good time without drugs."
Texas lawmakers passed a bill that took effect Sept. 1, making the sale of MDPV illegal. It has been sold under such names as Ivory Wave, Bliss, White Lightning and Hurricane Charlie.
The report said the quanitity of LSD found in Minor's body was not significant.
Minor had not been seen since May 23 at the W Hotel, where she was employed -- a month before her body was found in the duct system. Her supervisor sent her home early that night after she had been acting "strangely."
"There was something going on there that I won't ever understand. But, I do know it was drug-induced now," Pamela Minor said.
Surveillance cameras caught Minor trying to get into a side alley door of the Norwood Tower on May 23. Another camera caught her going into a pedestrian gate in the parking garage.
Minor grew up in Bee Cave and graduated from Lake Travis High School.
"She was a tough little gal. She tried making it through hard times. Tried keeping her spirits up. Tried keeping her friends and goodwill going out there in the world. I think a lot of people knew of her like that," Minor said. "She cared about people, in a lot of ways. She wanted people to be happy. I'll remember her for loving me and for calling me her best friend."
Her mother, Pamela, along with her sister, will now try to push for the ban of the drug in other state's, trying to prevent something similar from happening to someone else.
"And maybe some good will come out of this of pushing awareness to other states," she said.
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