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Melissa Abell
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The death of an 18-year-old student at Chemawa Indian School on Sunday morning has been attributed to natural causes.

Around 7:30 a.m. Dec. 14, emergency personnel were called to the school, located at 3700 Chemawa Road NE in Salem, after 18-year-old Melissa Abell was found collapsed in her room.

Marion County Sheriff’s Office personnel responded since Chemawa is a Native American boarding school contracting with the MCSO for law enforcement services.

Emergency personnel arrived to Abell’s room but were unable to resuscitate her.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office requested an autopsy to be performed by the State Medical Examiner’s Office. The autopsy came back at noon on Tuesday, listing natural death as the cause. The MCSO investigation had found nothing to suggest any foul play was involved.

Abell was from Nampa, Idaho.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and students at Chemawa Indian School,” Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers said.