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Woman falls from fourth-floor balcony of Squirrel Hill building

| Monday, June 17, 2013, 11:03 a.m.

A woman who fell from a fourth-floor balcony Monday in Squirrel Hill has died.

Janice Bress, 77, died at 11:15 a.m. at UMPC Presbyterian Hospital, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

Pittsburgh homicide detectives and medical examiners will try to determine why the woman fell from the Maxon Tower balcony on Forbes Avenue, said Diane Richard, a spokeswoman for the police department. They would not say whether the fall was accidental or intentional.

Bress fell about 10:15 a.m. Paramedics rushed her to the hospital with injuries, Lt. Richard Reilly said at the scene.

The balconies are surrounded by 4-foot fences.

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