Police investigating death of Lawrence nurse

Police are investigating the death of a Lawrence Army veteran and nurse whose body was found Friday afternoon.

The nurse, 30-year-old Brittany Stewart, was found in her home on Friday by a relative who then called 911, Lawrence Police Department spokeswoman Kim Murphree said in an emailed response to questions.

The department’s daily activity logs show police were dispatched to the 4300 block of West 24th Place for a medical emergency around 2:30 p.m. Friday.

The Rockland West apartment complex is located in that block.

“The circumstances of this incident lead police to believe that this may be a suspicious death,” Murphree said. “The investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of death.”

Murphree would not elaborate on why investigators believed the death might be suspicious. When asked, she said a Kansas Standard Offense Report has not yet been created regarding the incident.

Stewart was a decorated U.S. Army combat medic who had been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, according to her obituary. At the time of her death she was working as a nurse at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, a hospital representative confirmed Wednesday.

Additional information was not immediately available.