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Family left with many questions after woman's death

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

They just can't understand why.

The family of a woman who died, after falling off a boat dock, say they have many unanswered questions.

Mitsey Garlen, 43, died three days after falling into the Kentucky River in Franklin County.

"She was visiting some friends and apparently went on the boat to visit them, and no one saw her leave the boat," Brenda Adams, Garlen's mother, said. "Her husband was waiting for her in the car. A little later, some people, that were down working on a boat, came up and hollered at him, and they said, 'Well we just pulled her out of the water.'"

Adams says she spoke to her daughter just hours before the drowning.

"I love you and that was her last words to me. Four hours later, we got the call that they had pulled her out of the river," Adams said.

Garlen was laid to rest Tuesday. However, there's a lot left unsettled for her family.

"She was an excellent swimmer, the boat was docked, and those are my questions; why couldn't she save herself?" Adams said.

Garlen's family says they may not like the answers they hear, but they say any answers will bring them closure.

"It's painful," started Adams, "not knowing what her last moments were like."

Now the Franklin County Sheriff's Office have opened an investigation, and what little the family does know, doesn't offer much peace.

"The C.T. scan showed there was no trauma to the head, so we know she didn't hit her head," said Adams. "She had some liver damage and still had a lot of water in her lungs, so her body just never recovered from that."

The toxicology results are still pending which means the family will continue to wait for an explanation about how Garlen fell into the quiet Kentucky waters.

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