Family Seek Answers After 23-Year-Old Black Woman Was Found Dead in Her Apartment After Meeting Older White Man on Dating App.
Family of 23-year-old Lauren Smith-Fields who was found dead in her apartment earlier this month, are seeking for answers over circumstances surrounding her death.
News 12 Westchester, Lauren was found unresponsive in her apartment on December 12th. Her family says that she met an “older white man” on the dating app Bumble, and he was the one that alerted authorities.
While the investigators and medical examiner are yet to make a comment about the incident or release an official cause of death, the Bridgeport family are asking that the white man be investigated.
Recounting the answer he got when he asked about the older white man, Lauren’s brother, Lakeem Jetter said he was told he’s a nice man and needs not to be investigated.
“Without a doubt, we know that my daughter was not a drug user, and I had a second autopsy myself paid out of pocket because we felt so uncomfortable with the way it was handled.”
He also claimed that the only contact they’ve had with the police was with a “very insensitive, condescending and arrogant detective.”
The City of Bridgeport has now released a statement, saying that the concern shown on the case seriously. It was also stated that the Command Staff of the Detective Bureau is reviewing the handling of this case to ensure that best practices were and are being followed.
The statement read;
“The Bridgeport Police Department takes these concerns very seriously. The Command Staff of the Detective Bureau is reviewing the handling of this case to ensure that best practices were and are being followed. It is imperative to note that the death of Lauren Smith-Fields remains an ongoing investigation. Our department extends its deepest condolences to the family of Lauren.”
Watch a video of the family expressing how they feel about their daughter’s death below.