Mystery remains after preliminary autopsy |

Mystery remains after preliminary autopsy

Preliminary results from an autopsy of sixth grader Claudia Torres did not reveal what caused her death, said El Dorado County Sheriff’s Detective Tom Hill, acting coroner for South Lake Tahoe.

“The cause of death is pending toxicology results,” Hill said. “They’ve sent out tissue and blood samples for toxicology tests . . . which are expected to take two to four weeks.”

Hill said it is not known whether the 11-year-old had any congenital health problems, but at such a young an age often those types of health problems go undiagnosed because children don’t exhibit strong symptoms.

Tahoe Daily Tribune reported Tuesday that on March 26 Torres attended a party where she was offered cocaine and beer. A friend reportedly told the Tribune that Torres used some cocaine and may have died because of the drug.

Police said Torres was brought to Barton Memorial Hospital March 27 at 1:30 a.m. without identification and by people who are not members of her family. After medical treatment failed, Torres was pronounced dead at 2:08 a.m.

Investigators said they are waiting for the complete autopsy and toxicology results before deciding whether to pursue criminal charges.

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