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Investigation of teenager's death continues

By DAWNE LEIKER

dleiker@dailynews.net

An investigation into the circumstances surrounding a Hays teenager's death continues, but according to local law enforcement, no results are yet available.

Ellis County Sheriff Ed Harbin said interviews have been conducted in relation to the death of Citlatli Armendariz, 18, whose body was discovered by Ellis County law enforcement Jan. 14 on the north side of Big Creek, less than a mile west of U.S. Highway 183.

Law enforcement and the Ellis County coroner determined the death to have been accidental, a result of hypothermia.

"I'm hoping that we can get it done as soon as possible," Ellis County Sheriff Ed Harbin said of the investigation Monday. "I hate to put a time frame on it, though, because I want it done accurately."

Results of a toxicology test on the accident victim could take up to six weeks, Harbin said. Due to a backlog of testing at the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, results of a drug test could take up to a year.

"Unless it's a high-priority homicide or something like that, it takes a while," Harbin said. "Unfortunately, it does, unless something happens that we get it quicker."