A 22-year-old Alabama woman was found dead in her home last month while working at an animal shelter in the US Virgin Islands — and authorities are still working to determine what caused her sudden death.
Lily Ledbetter, of Opelika, was living in the town of Cruz Bay on the island of St. John when police found her unconscious in her apartment in the Estate Enighed neighborhood on June 6.
Officials said they got a call from a concerned citizen at 12:33 p.m., with officers and EMTs quickly arriving at the scene but unable to get a response from the unconscious woman.
She was declared dead just 20 minutes later, with officials still unsure as to what led to her death.
Virgin Islands Police Department spokesperson Glen Dratte said officials were still waiting for an autopsy and toxicology report to determine the cause of death for the young American.
The case remains open under the VIPD’s Criminal Investigation Bureau, who have also called on the public to help provide additional clues and information over Ledbetter’s death, The Virgin Island Consortium reported.
Ledbetter’s parents did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment.
A life-long animal lover, Ledbetter had been living in the Virgin Islands for a few months and was working at a local animal shelter before she died, according to her obituary.
She came to the islands shortly after graduating from Auburn University, where she competed with the Women’s Rowing Club.
Ledbetter hailed from Opelika High School, where she was an active member of the dance team, choir, band, and several other clubs and organizations.
She was also a member of the Make Your Move Performing Arts Studio, in Opelika, where her former teacher, Mandy Moore, paid tribute to her in a Facebook post.
“I will always remember the twinkle in your eye and the love that filled the room when you walked in,” More wrote: “I only wished I had held on and never let you go when I saw you a few weeks ago. I am so thankful that you came home to MYM and I got one of those big Lily hugs. Your legacy of love and light will forever live on inside our studio.”
Ledbetter is notably not the only American whose death remains a mystery while they were living in the Virgin Islands.
In February, former US swimming champ Jamie Cail, 42, was found dead inside her home, with police refusing to release information from her autopsy report. Police have not said if anyone was ever charged in Cail’s death.
Jean Cockayne, the mother of James Cockayne, 21, who was killed outside a bar on St. John by Cail’s alleged boyfriend in 2007, had claimed it was difficult for Americans to find justice in the islands as she previously slammed the police department as “inept.”