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Woman drowns in Heritage Lake

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The Putnam County Coroner's Office is investigating the apparent drowning death of a Heritage Lake woman earlier this week.

Coroner Thomas Miller told the Banner Graphic that 45-year-old Brenda Thorburg, of Heritage Lake, drown while swimming near her home on Monday evening.

He said she was last seen swimming at around 9 p.m. and later reported missing by her husband.

The Floyd Township Fire Department found her body in the water at around 11:40 p.m., about 400 feet from her home, Miller said. She was deceased.

"She normally swims every day," Miller said. "So it's not unusual."

He said there were indications that alcohol may have been a factor in the drowning. But nothing will be conclusive until the toxicology report is returned in a couple of weeks, he said.

"It's still an open investigation," Miller said.

Thorburg leaves behind a husband and children.

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My prayers are with her family.

-- Posted by luv2bmom2001 on Wed, Jul 2, 2008, at 9:34 AM

From the son of the mother who drowned: I am truly dissappointed in all that have used this information to potentially damage my mothers charachter. What was not mentioned is that she suffered from MS which could have just as easily contributed in her most unfortunate death. It is already extremely difficult to accept her passing. I just wish our society would be a little more sypathitic and our news stations a little more compassionate and respectful.

-- Posted by Loving Son on Wed, Jul 2, 2008, at 8:04 PM

To Loving Son, you and your family are being prayed for at this difficult time of your life; let the Peace of Christ be with you!

-- Posted by never101 on Thu, Jul 3, 2008, at 7:16 AM

Ron, Ryan, & Mari Raupp(myself) send our deepest & sincerest sympathies to Brad & all of the boys! Brenda was a fun-loving woman & devoted her life to her family. She will be missed gravely but I know she is in a good place. God Bless Brenda and the whole family! Our prayers are with you!

-- Posted by mraupp on Thu, Jul 3, 2008, at 11:17 AM

You are all in our thoughts and Prayers! God Bless and be with you!

Samantha Games and Family.


-- Posted by KendallM on Thu, Jul 3, 2008, at 9:42 PM

brenda thorburg was the strongest person I know. i was SO jealous of the way her kids were raised only because of such discipline and love she instiled. Brenda was like a second mother to me and is still as such to me. She remains one of the best all-around persons i know. Brad, Paul, Randy and Luke, i love you with all of my heart and you know i love you with ALL of my heart.....

-- Posted by dalton227 on Fri, Jul 4, 2008, at 2:01 AM

Our family has you in our prayers, while we have not been close the past few years, I considered Brenda like a sister to me. Please let us know if there is anything we can help with and know that our prayers are with you. You three boys are a testament to the strength and love she had - she was so proud of all of you. Her deep love and commitment to all four of you was evident in everything she said and did. She will be missed! In love, The Robertson Family

-- Posted by robertsonranch on Fri, Jul 4, 2008, at 12:12 PM

From a Co-Worker of Brenda to The Family, You know how your Mom and Wife was and all the people that were ever around her knew. She was a VERY caring person and was a great mother and wife she talked about you all the time at work. Don't worry about what the paper says just keep the good times in your hearts. My prayers are with you all.

-- Posted by coworker on Sat, Jul 5, 2008, at 10:35 AM

I agree with Brenda's son -- there was some unnecessary information included in the article and I'm disappointed that the Banner Graphic chose that route. That tidbit of information was nothing but damaging and hurtful and was completely unnecessary. It came across as nothing but small town gossip to me and I was offended by it.

-- Posted by MotherOfTwo on Mon, Jul 7, 2008, at 7:48 AM

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