After a teenaged college student was found unresponsive in her apartment last week, police in Florida’s capital are now attempting to piece together what caused the mysterious death.
Jessie Lauren Melcolm, 19, a student at Tallahassee Community college and a former high school cheerleader, was discovered on Tuesday, according to WTXL in Midway, Florida. Unfortunately, she was dead before police arrived on the scene.
The Tallahassee Police Department told WJAX-TV in Jacksonville they are investigating Melcolm’s death.
At this point, police said foul play does not appear to be a factor, according to WJAX, and there are no initial signs of a drug overdose. Meningitis was also brought up as a potential cause and has not yet been ruled out, as the bacterial form of the infection is known to be rapidly lethal in some cases.
“Well if it’s not that, then an acute headache that leads to death within minutes or hours, you think about a hemorrhage or an aneurysm,” Dr. Sunil Joshi Director of the Duval County Medical Foundation told WJAX.
A family friend of Melcolm told WJAX-TV that the day before she was found dead the teen was complaining about a headache.
“The medical examiner’s office has yet to diagnose the cause of death,” a press release from Tallahassee Community College said. “We will continue to check and share reliable information with the TCC community as it becomes available.”
As authorities work to find out what happened to the girl, her community and loved ones are reeling from the unexpected passing.
“I never saw you without that gorgeous smile on your face! thank you for always radiating positivity wherever you went. forever remembered,” one friend wrote on Melcolm’s Instagram.
Another wrote, “Jessie this isn’t real. Come back I miss you.”
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