Las Vegas, NV – The Clark County Coroner’s Office has closed the case of Evelin Casas-Hernandez, the 16-year-old found outside a Las Vegas school last fall, ruling her death an accident.
According to the coroner’s report, Casas-Hernandez died from blunt head and neck trauma sustained in a fall. The report also indicated ethanol intoxication as a significant contributing factor.
This finding differs from the initial investigation by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD), which launched a homicide investigation due to the unclear circumstances surrounding her death.
On November 7, 2023, LVMPD officers found Casas-Hernandez’s body on the ground near Harney Middle School on S. Hollywood Boulevard. Initial suspicions of foul play prompted a thorough investigation by homicide detectives.
However, the coroner’s findings, based on extensive medical examinations and toxicology reports, paint a different picture. The blunt force trauma, likely sustained from a fall, was determined to be the primary cause of death, with ethanol intoxication playing a contributing role in compromising her balance and judgment.
While the details of the accident remain unknown, the official ruling brings some closure to the tragic death of Casas-Hernandez. Her family, however, may still seek answers regarding the events leading up to her fall and the level of alcohol involvement.
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