A DEVASTATED family is searching for answers on why their 23-year-old daughter was found dead in their apartment after meeting an elderly man on dating app Bumble.
Lauren Smith-Fields was found unresponsive at her home in Bridgeport, New York, on December 12.
The unidentified man informed police of her death but was not brought in for questioning.
An autopsy has been completed, but the cause of death of the young girl has not yet been released by the medical examiner’s office.
Investigators also did not comment on the case, according to Westchester News 12.
The Smith-Fields family criticized police and her father said he paid for a second post-mortem because they thought they didn’t get the answers they wanted from authorities.
Her family believes that her death took place under mysterious circumstances.
“Without a doubt, we knew that my daughter was not a drug user and I paid for the second autopsy myself because we were so uncomfortable with the way the case was handled. case,” Everett’s father told News 12.
He blasted the police response in a scathing statement that the family was dealing with a detective who was “very insensitive, condescending and arrogant.”
The heartbroken father added that he believes the family has not been given “basic measures” by the authorities and that they have been told to stop calling.
“It kills me inside, I miss my baby,” said mother Shantell Fields.
“Life isn’t going the way I want, I don’t know who I will be in the future.”
Her brother Lakeem Jetter has also questioned why the “older white man” she met on the dating app was not a suspect.
“I asked him about him, he just pretended he was a good person, nothing to investigate,” he said of the police.
Smith-Fields’ mother wrote a letter to the police department pushing for an answer to her daughter’s case as local representatives voiced support for the family.
Councilman Maria Pereira told News 12 that the family deserves an apology after receiving no response about the incident.
“She sent me a well-written email – it was long, it was comprehensive, it was detailed – and I was shocked when she told me just yesterday that she hadn’t even received a response.” , the female council said.
Smith-Fields’ family says she was a track and field star at Stamford High School and now attends community college.
She has also started her own side business to finance her studies.
“Too beautiful and has her whole life ahead of her. Not fair,” one user wrote.
“Completely unfair. Rest In Peace beautiful angel”, another added.
“You’ll miss the little girl,” wrote basketball player Kuran Iverson.
In her final posts, Smith-Fields shared several selfies with the caption “self-destructive” just six days before her tragic death.
“Always smiling,” she wrote in another post.
The Sun has contacted the Bridgeport police department for comment.
In a statement to News 12, the City of Bridgeport said a review of the incident is underway.
“The Bridgeport Police Department takes these concerns very seriously,” it said.
“The Detective Bureau Command Staff are reviewing the handling of this case to ensure that best practices have been and are being followed.
“It should be noted that the death of Lauren Smith-Fields remains an ongoing investigation,” the statement added.
“Our department extends its deepest condolences to Lauren’s family.”
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