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Updated: 12:50 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 | Posted: 7:44 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013

Death of former Dayton anchor, Asa George, likely accidental

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Former Dayton broadcast journalist Asa George was found dead in her suburban Milwaukee home on September 6 after family members expressed concerns to police regarding her safety.

By Breaking News Staff

MILWAUKEE —

Asa George, former Dayton news anchor, likely died of accidental causes, the Milwaukee Journal is reporting, but a final cause of death is pending with the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's office.

The decomposing remains of the 34-year-old broadcast journalist were found by police and firefighters in a bathtub filled with water, according to a medical examiner's report. The house was messy and covered with blood and feces, and a malnourished boxer dog was in the home.

West Allis police were asked by George's relatives on Friday, Sept. 6, to check on her welfare at her house, in the 2300 block of South 58th Street.

Most recently, she was an anchor for CBS affiliate WDJT in Milwaukee. She previously was an anchor/reporter for Dayton station WKEF. George worked in the Dayton media market from July 2004 until May 2009, according to her LinkedIn.com profile page.

According to the Journal, the medical examiner's office said a final ruling on a cause of death will depend on pending toxicology results.

Relatives told investigators that George had battled a serious alcoholism problem for years. Two empty vodka bottles and numerous prescription medications also were found in the home.

George's aunt told investigators that George had lost several jobs over her drinking problem and had been treated numerous times, against her will, but continued abusing alcohol.

The report indicates the death was not attributable to drowning or a laceration to George's head.

Her father, who lives in California, told the Journal that he expressed concern to investigators that there might have been foul play involved because his daughter had spoken of some kind of harassment.

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