Powered by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

 

Updated: 5:12 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 | Posted: 4:40 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013

GBI: Too much Benadryl caused UGA student’s death



Related

Rebecca Greene photo
Courtesy OnlineAthens.com
Rebecca Elaine Greene, 22, of Brunswick, was found in a creek on The Plaza in west Athens, Athens-Clarke County police said in an emailed statement.

By Alexis Stevens

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The death of University of Georgia student found last month in a creek has been ruled a suicide, the GBI said Wednesday.

Rebecca Elaine Greene, 22, died from a combination of environmental hypothermia and severe intoxication from diphenhydramine, the main ingredient in Benadryl, according to Dr. Kris Sperry, the state’s chief medical examiner.

Greene, of Brunswick, was found Nov. 19 in a creek on The Plaza in west Athens, the morning after she was last seen alive, according to police.

“According to Dr. Sperry, the death occurred when Miss Greene inadvertently fell in to a cold stream after intentionally consuming very large quantities of diphenhydramine,” Sherry Lang, GBI spokeswoman, said in an emailed statement. “Her face and head were not covered by the water, and she did not drown.”

Greene was a chemistry major and philosophy minor at UGA and previously studied at the College of Coastal Georgia and Kennesaw State University. Her funeral was held Nov. 23, according to her online obituary.

More News

 
 

Today on MyAJC.com

Buckhead Atlanta opens Sept. 18

Opening day for Buckhead Atlanta project

The massive $1 billion Buckhead Atlanta project will hold a grand opening ceremony on Thursday.

Gender gap

Gender gap shapes campaign strategies

A distinct gender gap is forming in the race for Georgia’s top offices, as polls show female voters are siding with the Democratic candidates while men are solidly behind the Republican hopefuls for the open Senate seat and in the governor’s contest.

Dining room

Private Quarters: Couple personalizes Ellenwood home

Homeowners Frances and Garnell Pace picked out the home's plan and oversaw the building process.

Subscribe to the AJC on your device

24-hour Digital Pass: Flashback

See Flashback Fotos on myajc.com for only 99 cents. Visit the MyAJC archives for a historic look at Atlanta from Midtown in the 70s to Auburn Avenue and even life here before traffic jams on the interstates.

In your community

Annual Woofstock event in Suwanee

Volunteering in Atlanta

Learn how to volunteer in Atlanta and north Georgia, browse volunteer events and search local groups who need volunteers in the arts, community, food programs, housing, animal rescue and more.

Video

Mark Arum Weekend Construction Outlook

Updated every Friday, Mark Arum tells us where we can find construction, events and anything else to slow us down on the roads this weekend.