Archive for Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Police investigating death of Lawrence nurse

May 10, 2017, 1:44 p.m. Updated May 10, 2017, 6:01 p.m.


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.


Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 1 year, 1 month ago

Oh my god, if this is a result of that shooting in the air at the pool party someone better go to prison. And oh yes, let's get more guns. /sarcasm/

Bob Smith 1 year, 1 month ago

Ghoul. You don't know the cause of death, but you have to put your $0.02 in.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 1 year, 1 month ago

"The Rockland West apartment complex is located in that block."

Did you read that little bit? Why did the newspaper state that it was near when the "responsible" gun owner shot a gun into the air?

And clearly, I didn't read the first part about when they found the body. So we are both wrong. I still don't know why the paper reported that it was near the stupid gun owner shooting in the air. Or maybe they wanted to show that the crime rate is climbing in west Lawrence.

Justin Hoffman 1 year, 1 month ago

"And clearly, I didn't read the first part." The whole reading comprehension thing is a reoccurring problem for you isn't it?

Bob Smith 1 year, 1 month ago

I'm not wrong. The cause of the woman's death was not specified.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 1 year, 1 month ago

You didn't read the part about how the mentioned that she lived near the place where the gun was irresponsibly shot. So we were both wrong. I admitted it. Man up, and admit it.

Bob Smith 1 year, 1 month ago

Living near the place where a gun was fired does not mean that she died from a gunshot wound. That's the sort of wild leap that you tend to make.

Brock Masters 1 year, 1 month ago

As pointed out, reading comprehension is important. Think about it, if the woman had died from a gunshot as you surmised, why would the police think it might be a suspicious death and need an investigation to determine the cause of death.

Yep, she has a bullet wound, but we don't know if her death is suspicious or how she died.

Brock Masters 1 year, 1 month ago

Not only is your comment insensitive it is hypocritical since you are a gun owner. Don't want people to own guns then give up yours.

Gary Pomeroy 1 year, 1 month ago

Sad news - but why the 5 day time lag from occurrence to the reporting??

Rick Aldrich 1 year, 1 month ago

Because that's how our great LJ World Rolls.

David Holroyd 1 year, 1 month ago

Ms. Rochelle Valverde wrote about a pool party and 200 guests and shots fired..but why didn't the Journal World write about the many police cars that were sent to HERE for a party and problems? The rumor in the Oread Hood is that police were called to HERE!

is that true?

Ms. Vlaverde, would you check on that information if your editors will allow such information to be printed and in fact in detail?

Jeremiah Jefferson 1 year, 1 month ago

Stacy, what difference does it make what kind of nurse she was? Have you done any tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a combat medic? Show some respect rather than pick apart a news article and subsequently downgrading a deceased persons legacy.

Aaron McGrogor 1 year, 1 month ago

It makes a difference in whether or not this report is accurate.

Rick Aldrich 1 year, 1 month ago

I'd say the story is pretty accurate. They found a young lady dead. The rest is irrelevant. Let the friends and family morn their loss for Christ sakes.

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