A Bridgeport, CT family is looking for answers after their loved one, 23-year-old Lauren Smith-Fields, was found deceased in her apartment earlier this month.
According to News 12 Westchester, Lauren was found unresponsive in her apartment on December 12th. Her family says that she met an “older white man” on the dating app Bumble, and he was the one that alerted authorities. At the moment, investigators have not made any comments about the incident, and the medical examiner has not released an official cause of death.
Lauren’s brother, Lakeem Jetter says that he asked authorities about the older white man, and they reportedly told him that he was a nice man with no need to be investigated.
Lauren’s father also said to News 12, “Without a doubt, we know that my daughter was not a drug user, and I had a second autopsy myself paid out of pocket because we felt so uncomfortable with the way it was handled.” He continued to state that the only contact they’ve had with the police was with a “very insensitive, condescending and arrogant detective.”
The City of Bridgeport released a statement and said, “The Bridgeport Police Department takes these concerns very seriously. The Command Staff of the Detective Bureau is reviewing the handling of this case to ensure that best practices were and are being followed. It is imperative to note that the death of Lauren Smith-Fields remains an ongoing investigation. Our department extends its deepest condolences to the family of Lauren.”
We’ll continue to keep you updated as this story develops.
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TSR STAFF: Jade Ashley @Jade_Ashley94