VILANO BEACH, Fla. -- A Vilano Beach woman is dead after what police say appears to be a tragic accident at her home.
Yellow police tape blocked off the home at 4030 Myrtle Street where early Sunday morning Mary Diane Hatcher, 55, is believed to have fallen down the stairs and died according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office. Neighbors say she was a big Gator fan and had a watch party at her house Saturday night.
David Gentry was visiting his relatives who live across the street. "There were a bunch of golf carts over there, partied until around one. Then all of a sudden the lights went out and we were still outside and kind of looked and said, well I guess they ended the party and moved inside," he said.
Ayfer Rowell said she slept with her window open overnight and awoke to commotion across the street at Hatcher's house.
"This morning around 4 or 4:15am we heard a loud noise, a man hollering, a woman hollering," said Rowell.
The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office says Hatcher's husband called 911. When police arrived she was dead.
"The policeman asked me if I saw anything, and basically I just told him we saw a party last night, just raising cain, hooting and hollering," said Gentry.
Sunday morning detectives interviewed neighbors while residents stopped in front of the house to see what was going on in this usually quiet community.
Police say no foul play is suspected but the medical examiner will perform an autopsy on Monday.
Cpl. Catherine Payne said, "Detectives are just going over this case with an abundance of caution to be sure that all of the evidence fits to the incident as it looks it occurred."
A preliminary autopsy report could be released Monday, but the full report and toxicology tests will take six to eight weeks to complete.
In the meantime, neighbors are trying to make sense of Hatcher's sudden death.
"She was friendly and they helped my family when they had flat tires and dead batteries. They seem to be at the center of the community. Everybody knows them here," said Gentry.
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