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Humboldt Woman's Cause of Death Released

By Jonquil Newland
By jnewland@wbbjtv.com

Crime scene tape can still be seen wrapped around the home of Fannie Mae Campbell, 81, of Humboldt, who was found dead inside a hole in her backyard, Friday. However, according to investigators a crime never happened.

Autopsy results show Campbell died of positional asphyxiation. Neighbors believe she had been digging in the hole, which they said she did often, when she fell in, face first and suffocated.

For Campbell's neighbor, Brushaun Tarver, knowing a murder investigation is not happening across the street eases his mind. "I have a 1-year-old child so it kind of makes me sleep a little better at night," he said.

Tarver also said the news of Campbell's death, although tragic, gives West Elliot Street back the reputation residents are used to having. "We basically just keep to ourselves down here and we are just peaceful, just working," Tarver said.

Investigators continue to ask anyone with information about this death investigation to contact the Humboldt Police Department or the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.