A decomposed body found in an Aliso Viejo park was that of a woman who walked away from her home July 17, after a spat with her husband, and suffered a heart attack, a sheriff's official confirmed Friday.
The coroner, using fingerprints, positively identified the body as that of 76-year-old Margo Walters, who left her home about 3 a.m. after a minor tiff with her spouse, said Jim Amormino of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
Her body was found Wednesday night about 10 feet down an embankment, near a bike path that runs along Aliso Creek in Woodfield Park and about 1 1/2 miles from the home the couple shared, Amormino said.
Walters suffered from severe coronary heart disease, with severe occlusion of the arteries, according to the coroner's finding. The walk in the terrain, which is adjacent to a park wilderness area, may have been a contributing factor, Amormino said.
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No foul play is suspected, but the coroner will run some additional tests, he said.
Egon Walters told reporters earlier that the verbal disagreement was minor and he would never harm his wife.
Authorities had earlier conducted an extensive search for the woman in canyon areas near her home, and a larger search was scheduled for Sunday.
The woman lived at home with her husband and an adult son.