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Med Student Dies From Apparent Overdose

November 7, 1995

NEW YORK (AP) _ She was a former college basketball player, an aspiring doctor and the daughter of a Midwestern minister.

But at some point, Jennifer Timbrook apparently strayed from her wholesome path, police said. The result was a mysterious and untimely death.

A doctor discovered the medical student’s body Monday morning in a radiology darkroom at the Brooklyn hospital where she worked part-time.

Police provided no further details about the investigation into her death, but a source said investigators believe she died from a drug overdose. A syringe was found near the body, and needle marks were on her arms and legs, said the police source, who requested anonymity.

An autopsy was scheduled for today.

One of four children, Timbrook, 32, of Mitchell, Ind., was in the third year of a four-year pediatric program at the state College of Medicine in Brooklyn.

She had played basketball at the University of Redlands in Redlands, Calif., before transferring to the California State Polytechnic University at Pomona to finish her undergraduate degree.

Timbrook apparently worked at Kings County Hospital on Saturday as scheduled, but hadn’t been seen since, said Steve Villano, a spokesman for the Brooklyn college.

Ms. Timbrook was active in various student groups at the medical school, Villano said.

``She was a model student,″ he said. ``As you can imagine, the campus is in a profound state of sorrow.″

Reached at the family home in Indiana, her father, the Rev. Max Timbrook, said he had last spoken to his daughter by phone last week before she went to a Halloween party. He detected no trouble.

``She wanted her mother and I to go to Kenya with her″ for a medical seminar, he said. ``She was looking down the road.″

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