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POLICE AUTOPSY: St. Thomas’ Nyla Peele Died From A Stroke Caused By High Blood Pressure … Not An Assault

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas woman died from a stroke brought on by high blood pressure, a police autopsy has determined.

Nyla Peele, 47, was brought to the Schneider Regional Medical Center on July 10 where doctors said she had suffered some type of brain injury, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said.

Police at the time were investigating Peele’s injuries as if she had been the victim of foul play, such as an assault. But today the VIPD said that her death was not the result of an assault.

Peele was unable to be interviewed by police due to the severity of her injuries on Monday and by the next day she died.

The woman was staying at the Mitchel Motel in Estate Contant when the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of an unconscious female on Monday.

On July 11, police from the Major Crimes Unit received information that Peele had succumbed to her injuries.

Peele’s death was at first being investigated as a homicide, but the results of the forensic autopsy showed that she had actually died due to an “intracerebral hemorrhage” caused by “hypertension,” according to the VIPD.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

1 Comment

  1. Tee
    July 27, 2017 at 4:23 PM — Reply

    RIP NYLA❤❤❤❤ DEAR SISTER I’M SO SORRY?I wish we could bring you home.

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