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Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, 7:24 p.m.

A woman found floating facedown in a Washington Township pool last month died of accidental drowning, according to the Washington County Coroner's office.

A spokeswoman for Tim Warco confirmed Thursday the July 3 drowning death of Denine “Missy” Menozzi, 49, of Clairton, was “accidental in nature.”

Menozzi was discovered floating unconscious in a pool at 211 Dent St., by the home's owner, John Baron, at 4:52 p.m. according to Washington Township Det. John McLaughlin.

Menozzi and Baron's sister, Driscilla J. Lazzari of Belle Vernon, had come to Baron's home to swim due to high temperatures, according to a police report. Police said while Lazzari had left the residence to pick up food, Baron came out of the house and discovered Menozzi.

Menozzi had suffered from numerous health issues, including a bout with cancer and multiple previous heart attacks, police said.

She was later pronounced dead at Monongahela Valley Hospital in Carroll Township, which is Warco's jurisdiction.

Menozzi is survived by her husband, Joseph F. Menozzi; one son, Matthew E. Menozzi, also of Clairton; and one daughter, Medina M. Menozzi, of Bridgeville.

Rick Bruni Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at or 724-684-2635.

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