An overdose is suspected in the death of a former Madison County assistant principal who was facing sex abuse charges.
Joy Alison Hayes, 43, was found unresponsive Sunday in her mother's home in Lee County, Va.
Berea police Capt. Ken Clark said Tuesday morning that the cause of death remains unknown, although Virginia authorities "suspect an overdose of some type."
"No foul play is suspected," Clark said.
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Hayes, a former assistant principal at Madison Southern High School in Berea, had been indicted in Madison County on several charges, including sexual abuse of a minor. She had been scheduled to be arraigned Thursday morning in Madison Circuit Court, according to the circuit clerk's office. Berea police had investigated the case.
Capt. Taylor Scott, an investigator with the Lee County, Va., Sheriff's Department, said Tuesday morning that Hayes was pronounced dead at the Lonesome Pine Hospital in Big Stone Gap, Va., shortly after she was found unresponsive.
Hayes' mother is from Lee County and had moved back there several months ago, Scott said.
It wasn't immediately clear how long Hayes had been at her mother's home.
Clark said he didn't know who discovered Hayes.
An autopsy has not been performed, but blood samples were taken for toxicology testing, Clark said.
Results could take eight weeks, Scott said.
A Madison County grand jury indicted Hayes in December on charges of sexual abuse of a minor, fourth-degree assault and stalking.
Berea police had arrested her last fall. At the time, Berea officers said they had twice taken reports that Hayes was harassing juveniles who were students at Madison Southern, although they said the alleged offenses didn't occur while Hayes was employed at the school.
Police said they later learned that one juvenile had had sexual contact with Hayes at a home in Berea.
Hayes resigned from Madison County Public Schools in December 2013, district officials said. She also had worked briefly at Berea College.
Hayes was a principal at Lexington Traditional Magnet, a middle school, for two years until the end of the 2011-12 term.