Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Local News

July 17, 2011

Investigation ongoing in teen's death

-- — Batesville teen Cierra Adams died on her 18th birthday.

The Batesville High School incoming senior was found “unresponsive and not breathing” Saturday, July 16, said Batesville Police Department Detective Mike Benjamin.

At about 2:22 p.m., a 911 call drew the Batesville Police Department and Batesville EMS 10 to 370 Curtis Court in Farmington Estates, where Adams had “stayed overnight at a friend’s house,” Benjamin reported.

The detective believed police were called immediately when Adams could not be awakened. “The homeowner (Phyllis Meredith) was cooperative.”

“There was ... no obvious sign of trauma,” the officer said.

Adams was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene by Franklin County coroner Wanda Lee, he noted.

“It’s tragic,” said BHS principal Sherri Preston. “We are very sorry to hear this news and our thoughts and prayers are with the Adams family.”

“Cierra was a nice young lady, had lots of friends. She was a well behaved student” involved in the school’s mentorship program, according to Preston.

The principal said BHS counselors are available if students wish to speak with them about the death Tuesday and Wednesday, July 19-20, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

After authorities arrived at the scene Saturday, people were seen crying on the home’s front lawn, Rod Jones, 398 Curtis Court, told his daughter, Abby Jones, who also lives there.

Benjamin reported a death investigation is underway by detectives, who spent several hours Saturday interviewing individuals who had contact with Adams prior to her death. “Officers also spent several hours at the residence processing the scene for any items or evidence that may assist with the investigation.”

On Sunday, July 17, an autopsy was conducted by the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office, Cincinnati, and official results from the autopsy and toxicology reports are pending.

When asked about the circumstances and cause of death, the officer emphasized, “We have an investigation to do. It’s going to take some time before we have the results of the autopsy,” possibly four to six weeks.

No one has been arrested in this incident and it’s “too early to speculate” if any criminal charges will be filed later, Benjamin said.

 

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