PATCHOGUE - Suffolk police and the medical examiner announced today that they found a preliminary cause of death in the case of a Patchogue mother whose body was discovered in the woods, but they will not release it yet.

Officials say the preliminary results of an autopsy on 31-year-old Nicole Tessa are part of the "ongoing investigation." The medical examiner is also waiting for toxicology results in the case.

Tessa was last seen alive last Friday. Her husband, 28-year-old Joseph Jones, said they had a fight over pills and she left.

The woman's body was discovered in the woods near her home three days ago. Her death was ruled a homicide, but police say they have not made any arrests and have not named any suspects.

Anyone with information about Tessa's murder is asked to call Suffolk Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

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