Police investigating Lewis teen death

School releases statement

— The autopsy performed on a Lewis teenager Wednesday, Dec. 21 did not reveal the cause of death, according to New York State Police.

Dr. C. Francis Varga performed the autopsy on 16-year-old Ashley M. Grady at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake; however, the cause and manner of death are pending toxicology results.

“It’s a matter of when we can schedule the pathologist, but we usually like to get them done very quickly in these cases,” said State Police Capt. John Tibbits.

Essex County 911 received a call at 6:24 a.m. Dec. 21 to Grady’s Fox Run Road residence in the town of Lewis for an unresponsive female. The teen was discovered not breathing in her bedroom by her sister and 911 was contacted. Elizabethtown-Lewis Rescue Squad and State Police responded, but life-saving measures were unsuccessful. Grady was pronounced dead at the scene by Essex County Coroner Kelly Valentine, who authorized her removal to Adirondack Medical Center for a post-mortem exam.

Tibbits said Dec. 21 that the death occurred sometime between the late night and early morning hours.

Grady was a sophomore at Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School and had recently celebrated her 16th birthday. She was a member of the school’s soccer and basketball programs.

ELCS Superintendent Gail Else and Principal Jennifer Bull released a joint statement, which read as follows:

“We were sadly informed today that one of our students Ashley Grady, a 10th grade student here at ELCS, passed away. This news was a tremendous shock to the students, faculty and staff.

“Ashley was a well liked student and athlete who participated in both soccer and basketball. She will be deeply missed by her ELCS family.

“Due to the fact that we all deal with grief in different ways, protocols have been put in place along with counselors that are available for our students.

“Our conference room has been open and available for those students who wish to express their thoughts and condolences to the family. Our hearts go out to Ashley’s family.”

The State Police in Lewis are continuing their investigation into this matter.

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