A woman who died in July 11 from what appeared to be injuries sustained in an assault in fact died of natural causes, an autopsy revealed.
The V.I. Police Department on Wednesday issued a news release announcing the results of the autopsy.
According to police, on July 10 officers traveled to the Schneider Regional Medical Center on a report of an assault victim. The physician on duty told them that the victim appeared to have sustained trauma to her head and had a brain injury. The officers were unable to obtain any information from the victim at the time, due to her severe injuries.
The victim was identified as as 47-year-old Nyla Peele.
The hospital reported to police on July 11 that Peele had succumbed to her injuries and the police considered the crime a possible homicide.
But in the VIPD’s Wednesday’s news release, the medical examiner concluded that the cause of death was a result of intracerebral hemorrhage, due to hypertension, not an assault.