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Coroner: Woman died after fall at Fermilab

BATAVIA – Preliminary autopsy results on a woman found dead at Fermilab on Thursday showed she died of traumatic injuries to her neck, chest and back caused by a fall.

The DuPage County Coroner’s Office on Friday performed an autopsy on the body of 24-year-old Maria Beloyvan, who died Thursday at Fermilab. Beloyvan was a guest scientist from Russia working in Fermilab’s technical division.

Staff from the coroner’s office said they did not have enough information at this point to determine how she fell. About 10:50 a.m. Thursday, employees investigating a noise they heard found the woman lying in the atrium of Wilson Hall, according to a Fermilab statement. Batavia paramedics pronounced her dead just after 11 a.m.

It will take several weeks before toxicology results are known.

Fermilab had a moment of silence for Beloyvan at 10:50 a.m. Friday.

“It is a very sad event,” said Judy Jackson, director of Fermilab’s Office of Communication. “Everybody is in a state of shock. The atrium is filled with flowers that people have brought.”

She was one of 45 guest scientists at Fermilab, Jackson said. Fermilab is a high-energy physics lab.

“There are people here from all over the country and all over the world,” she said.

Beloyvan was found unresponsive inside the laboratory and pronounced dead at the scene.

DuPage County Sheriff’s police said they do not suspect foul play and continued to investigate the incident.

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