A 22-year-old Alabama girl was discovered lifeless in her dwelling final month whereas working at an animal shelter in the US Virgin Islands — and authorities are nonetheless working to find out what brought on her sudden dying.
Lily Ledbetter, of Opelika, was residing within the city of Cruz Bay on the island of St. John when police discovered her unconscious in her condominium within the Estate Enighed neighborhood on June 6.
Officials stated they bought a name from a involved citizen at 12:33 p.m., with officers and EMTs rapidly arriving however unable to get a response from the unconscious girl.
She was declared lifeless simply 20 minutes later, with officers nonetheless uncertain as to what led to her dying.
Virgin Islands Police Department spokesperson Glen Dratte stated officers had been nonetheless ready for an post-mortem and toxicology report to find out the reason for dying for the younger American.
The case stays open below the VIPD’s Criminal Investigation Bureau, which has additionally known as on the general public to assist present extra clues and knowledge over Ledbetter’s dying, the Virgin Islands Consortium reported.
Ledbetter’s mother and father didn’t instantly reply to The Post’s request for remark.
A lifelong animal lover, Ledbetter had been residing within the Virgin Islands for just a few months and was working at an area animal shelter earlier than she died, in response to her obituary.
She got here to the islands shortly after graduating from Auburn University, the place she competed with the Women’s Rowing Club.
Ledbetter hailed from Opelika High School, the place she was an lively member of the dance crew, choir, band, and several other different golf equipment and organizations.
She was additionally a member of the Make Your Move Performing Arts Studio, in Opelika, the place her former trainer, Mandy Moore, paid tribute to her in a Facebook publish.
“I’ll at all times bear in mind the twinkle in your eye and the love that crammed the room if you walked in,” Moore wrote: “I solely wished I had held on and by no means allow you to go after I noticed you just a few weeks in the past. I’m so grateful that you simply got here dwelling to MYM and I bought a kind of huge Lily hugs. Your legacy of affection and light-weight will perpetually reside on inside our studio.”
Ledbetter is notably not the one American whose dying stays a thriller whereas they had been residing within the Virgin Islands.
In February, former US swimming champ Jamie Cail, 42, was discovered lifeless inside her dwelling, with police refusing to launch info from her post-mortem report. Police haven’t stated if anybody was ever charged in Cail’s dying.
Jean Cockayne, the mom of James Cockayne, 21, who was killed exterior a bar on St. John by Cail’s alleged boyfriend in 2007, had claimed it was troublesome for Americans to seek out justice within the islands as she beforehand slammed the police division as “inept.”