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Autopsy: Woman found dead near Milwaukee Art Museum likely hit by car

Updated: 7:22 a.m. on April 19, 2018

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee Police are identifying the woman found dead near the Milwaukee Art Museum as 25-year-old Lane Kerpan.

Authorities say an autopsy revealed significant injuries consistent with being hit by a car, but the exact cause of death is still pending.

According to the ME Report, EMS said they weren't sure if the woman was hit by a car or jumped off the pedestrian bridge connected to the art museum.

The woman had prescriptions for three drugs in her purse commonly used to treat schizophrenia. 

The department continues to investigate.


Updated: 5:30 p.m. on April 18, 2018

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee Police are investigating the unexplained death of a woman found near the Milwaukee Art Museum early Wednesday morning. 

Traffic along the lake was backed up for hours as officials worked to learn how it happened. 

Police say a passerby saw a woman lying in the right turn lane on Lincoln Memorial Drive around 5:30 a.m. and called 911. The Medical Examiner arrived shortly after. 

The ME believes the woman is around 25 years old. He also says she did not appear injured. People who frequently pass the lakefront were surprised to hear the news. 

"Very odd. I'm really surprised. I had no idea it even happened until just now," said Eryka Hill, a Milwaukee resident. 

An autopsy is being done on the woman to try and determine how she died. Milwaukee Police are asking anyone who knows who she might be or the circumstances surrounding her death to call them. 

Posted: 7:08 a.m. on April 18, 2018

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office says it was called to investigate a death around 5:30 Wednesday morning.

The incident occurred near N. Lincoln Memorial Dr. and N. Art Museum Dr. Authorities say the deceased is a woman.

No other information is known at this time.

Stay with CBS 58 for updates on this developing story.

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