State joins inquiry in Scientologist's death - 1997-01-16
Clearwater police and McPherson's relatives in Dallas have said they think her death is suspicious. Elliot Abelson, an attorney for Scientology, said the church is assembling a team of medical experts to help answer questions from investigators.
McPherson's relatives question why church members did not call an ambulance or take her to a closer hospital. They say they think McPherson may have been planning to leave the church and that fellow Scientologists detained her.
Church officials say there is overwhelming evidence McPherson never planned to leave the church. They say McPherson checked herself into the hotel and was free to come and go.