Autopsy performed on Potsdam woman found dead Friday, police report
Monday, June 5, 2017 - 11:35 am


POTSDAM – An autopsy has been performed into the death of a Potsdam woman in her apartment Friday evening.

Leslie Hinman, 49, was found dead at Evergreen Acres by Potsdam police after they were called Friday at 5:15 p.m. to investigate reports of suspicious activity there.

There were no immediate indications of any physical trauma, Potsdam Police Chief Mark Murray said, both in Coroner June Wood’s initial report and in his observations at the scene.

Murray said he has had word that the autopsy, conducted by Dr. Samuel Livingston, has been completed at Canton-Potsdam Hospital, but no conclusion as to cause of death has been reported to him.

Murray said considerations would include things such as toxicology reports, but those can take weeks.

Terrance L. Seymour, 40, of State Rt. 345, Potsdam was charged with first-degree criminal contempt for violation of a court order of protection at that location, but Hinman was not the protected party, police said.

Police said they determined that Seymour "had been present at the incident location with a person who was the protected party in a 'no contact' order of protection against him. The protected party was someone other than the deceased," the police statement said.

Chief Murray said a previous conviction of Seymour for a court order violation elevated the charge against him to a felony.

Seymour was reportedly held on $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bond following his arraignment before Potsdam Town Justice Mason.