The February death of a 19-year-old Orono woman is currently being reviewed by the Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office.

The body of Alexie Adams, 19, of Orono was found by a passerby lying in a snowbank at around 11 a.m. on Colburn Drive on Feb. 3. Adams had been out with friends at several places the previous night but got separated from them at some point. Police said at the time they believed alcohol was a factor in her death.

According to reports, the State Medical Examiner’s Office said Adams died accidentally, with alcohol and cocaine causing acute intoxication – a condition that occurs when a person consumes a large amount of a substance in a short amount of time.

Hypothermia also was a partial cause of the death of Adams, who had moved to Orono about a year ago from California with her family. The night she died, temperatures were frigid, falling into the single digits.

In his bi-monthly report to the town council, Orono Police Chief Josh Ewing said the investigation process was a lengthy one, with many hours of interviews, evidence collection and report writing before the case was sent to the D.A.’s office, where it will be decided it charges will be recommended. Ewing added that that the department had ongoing concerns with high risk and underage drinking and will continue to conduct outreach and enforcement in an effort to mitigate them.

In another effort to combat drinking problems with youths, Ewing further noted that the department is gearing up for very high visibility enforcement efforts as Maine Day approaches. Additional officers will be on details to focus on alcohol-related issues (large parties, underage drinking, furnishing, illegal transportation of liquor, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, criminal trespass, OUI), and anything else that endangers the pedal and safety of the community. Other agencies will be brought in as needed, said Ewing.

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