More details have come out in the Lauren Smith-Fields case, posing more questions around her tragic death.
On Monday (January 24), the Connecticut Chief Medical Examiner ruled the 23-year-old’s death “an accident.” She was found dead after going on a date with an older, white man she met on the popular dating app Bumble.
According to the medical examiner’s office, Smith-Fields died of “acute intoxication due to the combined effects of fentanyl, promethazine, hydroxyzine, and alcohol.” Since her body was found, her family has been seeking answers due to the mysterious nature and unclear details of Smith-Fields’s death.
The Norwalk Community College student met with her Bumble match, an older white man, for a date on December 12. Smith-Fields was later found unconscious in her apartment after LaFountain called emergency services. The 23-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.
Per LaFountain, the pair took tequila shots together before Smith-Fields began feeling ill. Smith-Fields went to the bathroom for about 10 or 15 minutes and then the two continued taking shots, playing games and ate before falling asleep. The next morning when he awoke, LaFontain said he discovered Smith-Fields not breathing, with blood coming out of her nose and he contacted emergency services.
Smith-Fields’s family remains highly critical of the Bridgeport police and their handling of the young woman’s investigation.
“The way they handled her investigation was literally disgraceful, disgusting, horrible. It was not even human,” Lakeem Jetter, Smith-Fields’ brother, told “Good Morning America.”
Smith-Fields’s family also raises speculation around her Bumble date, LaFountain, expressing that police “failed to implement the proper crime scene investigation team to collect physical evidence” and “refused to view the last person to see Smith-Fields before she died as a person of interest.”
Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the loved ones of Lauren Smith-Fields during this difficult time.