A rural Cumberland County woman found unresponsive, lying on the porch of a local night spot, was pronounced dead on arrival at the local hospital and now investigators are trying to determine the cause of death.

There were no obvious signs of trauma to Julie F. Reppert, 49, Claysville Rd., when she was pronounced dead at Cumberland Medical Center's emergency room shortly after midnight Thursday, according to Deputy Roy Phipps' report.

Earlier an ambulance had been dispatched to Reeve's Bar located on Claysville Rd. on a report of a woman lying on the porch area, unresponsive.

When ambulance personnel and sheriff's deputies arrived on the scene they found Reppert lying on a flannel blanket and appeared to have been sitting in a chair wrapped in a blanket when she suddenly collapsed and landed on the floor.

Witnesses Barbara Reeves and Ethel Wightman told deputies that earlier in the evening Reppert had complained about being stung by an insect on her right hand, but that Reppert did not believe she was allergic to stings.

During the evening, Reppert had been in the bar area and, according to the witnesses, had "consumed an unknown amount of alcohol (beer)."

Reppert went outside to sit and Reeves went to check on her moments later and found her lying on the porch. The two witnesses stayed with the victim until help arrived and Reppert was transported to the hospital.

No ruling on the death has been issued, pending results of an autopsy.