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Cause of death released for UGA student found in stream

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ATHENS, GA (CBS46) -

The chief medical examiner for Georgia released the cause of death for the University of Georgia student found dead on Nov. 19.

Dr. Kris Sperry ruled the cause of death of Rebecca Greene was suicide caused by environmental hypothermia due to immersion in running water, which was caused by severe diphenhydramine (Benadryl) intoxication.

Diphenhyhdramine is the main drug found in non-prescription sleeping aid medications.

According to Sperry, the death occurred when Greene inadvertently fell into a cold stream after intentionally consuming very large quantities of diphenhydramine.

Her face and head were not covered by the water, and she did not drown.

Greene was last seen on the evening of Nov. 18. She was discovered near The Plaza by an Athens-Clarke County officer searching the area where her phone was last detected. Police found Greene in the creek and a bike that had been left near the banks of the creek.

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