Death of elderly Lacey woman ruled accidental

     Authorities say an elderly woman was found dead in her Abbey Court house in Lacey Township late Saturday afternoon, and her husband was discovered barely alive in another part of the residence. (Image: Google Maps)

    Authorities say an elderly woman was found dead in her Abbey Court house in Lacey Township late Saturday afternoon, and her husband was discovered barely alive in another part of the residence. (Image: Google Maps)

    An autopsy has ruled the death of the elderly Lacey woman found in her house Saturday as accidental, authorities announced.

    Ruth Jacobs, 91, of Abbey Court in the Forked River section of Lacey died after falling, said Al Della Fave, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman. 

    The autopsy, conducted by Dr. Ian Hood of the Ocean County Medical Examiner’s Office, found a single linear laceration on the right side of Jacobs’ head, just above the ear canal, leading the examiner to rule the manner of death as due to a head injury and fractured hip, according to Della Fave. 

    The investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office, and Lacey Police Department confirmed the accidental death finding, Della Fave said. 

    Jacobs and her husband, Arnold Jacobs, 96, were found in their house by concerned family members. Arnold Jacobs, who was discovered semi-conscious, remains hospitalized in stable condition, according to Della Fave.

    Authorities did not release additional information. 

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