The sudden one death of Jamie Cale, former champion swimming of the U.S., is drug-related, according to officials tasked with the case. The 42-year-old woman was found dead at her home in the Virgin Islands USA, where she was staying with her boyfriend in St. John’s in February. On Friday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said Cale’s cause of death was “fentanyl overdose“, According to autopsy.
On Feb. 21, police said the champion’s boyfriend returned from a bar at 12:08 a.m. local time and found his girlfriend lying on the floor of their home. With the help of a friend, Cail’s boyfriend was able to get her into a vehicle and take her to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead. A synthetic drug, fentanyl is extremely powerful and can be fatal even in small amounts. It is 100 times more powerful than morphine and 50 times more powerful than heroin, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
However, Cale’s family disputes the finding that her death was “accidental”. “We know Jamie was not on drugs. There’s definitely something else,” her cousin Jessica DeVries, appointed as the family’s representative, told Insider, as reported by New York Post. “She was an international swimmer that she deserves the honor because she was amazing and dedicated her life to it.”
The family released photos of the dead Cail showing her left eye bruised and a mark on her nose. “Her face is battered. Did the fentanyl do that to her?’ DeVries told Insider. “Jamie’s face was battered, the top of her skull and her nose.”
The family “decided to release the photo because they need everyone to understand that Jamie was not a drug user – that she was in fact beaten.” DeVries spoke of “brutality”, insisting that photographs taken of Cail’s body in March after the autopsy showed that “someone harmed Jamie”.
Virgin Islands police and the medical examiner’s office did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.
Source: News Beast
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