Woman found dead in home, autopsy ordered

She had started to experience medical problems with headaches, nose bleeds and blurred vision.
Sandusky Register Staff
May 25, 2014

 

Woman found dead in home, autopsy ordered
From staff reports

   SANDUSKY

 

   The Erie County coroner has ordered an autopsy for a woman who was found dead at her parents’ home. Sandusky fire and police responded to the 1400 block of Buchanan St. on Friday morning. The parents of Carmela Davis, 38, called after they found their daughter unresponsive in a room when they went to check on her. Their daughter had gone out for the evening and returned home about midnight. Her father went to check on her about 10:45 a.m. because she had not been up yet, said Sandusky police officer James Desalle. Recently, Davis had started to experience medical problems with headaches, nose bleeds and blurred vision. She had also been known to abuse prescription medication and to drink heavily, according to a police report. Police said there were no indications of anything suspicious; however, due to her age, Erie County Coroner Dr. Brian Baxter asked for an autopsy.

Comments

Tsu Dho Nimh

Why does the Register need to report this? Just let the family grieve instead of putting their business out there.

Blue.Streaker

"Why does the Register need to report this?" - A valid question which deserves a serious answer.

The Register is a business which exists to make money for its owners. Reporting events and circumstances which people can read and feel superior about fits the business model. This works well for The New York Post, The Daily News, The National Enquirer, and other cheap rags designed for the gratification of low achievers who want to feel superior.

Adding the benefit of allowing comments so people can explain their superiority, not only to the unfortunate subjects of the misery articles, but also to other commenters is just a bonus.

Ads are priced by the number of clicks. Lots of clicks on the same online articles spells revenue.

You are being used to make money for the Register, who does not give a single damn about the morality of it or about the consequences.

That is all.

lmalley77

I was thinking the same exact thing!!! Is it really necessary for this to even be published? What is there for the Sandusky Register to gain besides people commenting here? Matt Westerhold, I'm really starting to lose any respect I had left for your newspaper! Especially since the person that wrote this article felt the need to include the fact that this woman used alcohol and took prescription medications. There is really absolutely no need for this at all what so ever!! I did not know Ms.Davis personally, but from social media I gather that she was a very loved, caring and kind woman! Again, Sandusky Register should really be shamed of yourselves for some of the things you publish that are not necessary!!!!! Sending my prayers and sympathies to Ms. Davis's family and friends.

doctorsRdrugdealer

I think they should be reported why hide it. You can look at the obituarys and see young people everyday dieing unexpectedly in there 20s and 30s. Instead of just stating the obvious. Maybe if young people seen this they would choose another road or path... Instead everyone wants to cover it up and hide it. Maybe bringing it to light can save a life! It also dont say she over dosed on anything, she was having medical problems.. Prayers to the family R.I.P Carmela.

lmalley77

"It also dont say she over dosed on anything, she was having medical problems.." You contradict yourself because you state one thing in the beginning of your post, but state what I quoted at the end. And it's the exact reason that the Sandusky Register did not need to include that information in their article that makes me mad! She was having medical problems. They don't know, neither does anyone else, how or why Ms. Davis passed away at this point in time. In my opinion, the S.R. didn't need to publish anything on this at all, other than an obituary. This article is very disrespectful to the deceased and her family.

KnuckleDragger

That would be great, but I don't know many young people who read the obituaries. I have 3 teens and they don't read them.

holliesmayo

knuckledragger: Wow, did you read your mom's obituary?

rottnrog

Don't send her to Lucas county for an autopsy !!!!!

From the Grave

Why, because it will take 3 months? Good Lord!

mikeylikesit

kick em when they're up, kick em when they're down..

Stop It

"We got the bubble headed
Bleached blonde
Comes on at five
She can tell you 'bout the plane crash
With a gleam in her eye
It's interesting when people die
Give us dirty laundry"

holliesmayo

I'm so glad that my hair is black now.

MBR

My condolences to this young woman's family and friends.

worddrow811

Ok, here's to all the drug addicts out there. This is not necessarily a natural death at such a young age. The Register is possibly trying to give others a heads up about the dangers of drug use as it is nothing but a game of Russian roulette with chemicals. Get it?

No one is forcing the drugs on you, are they? You are taking them by choice and the early demise of so many young people is really alarming.

The Register is doing its job and whether or not you like the information that they put out, it's still newsworthy or you wouldn't be on here looking for news. Get over it.

My sympathies and prayers to all involved.

Unassumer

best comment. thank you for being objective and realistic. it's refreshing!

yea right

this is why the sr gets awards..for the best gossip paper ever

Unassumer

this is not gossip. gossip is crap most people make up before they know the truth.

YouMustBeJoking

Did you ever stop to think that maybe her medical problems were the results from her drug abuse? Also if her medical problems were truly that bad, should she have been out partying the night before? The Register is only writing about what "may" have caused such a young woman to pass away. Especially with the crimes that have been occurring as of late in our city, it eases the minds of the community knowing this woman wasn't assaulted, beaten or murdered. I'm in no way trying to make light of this young woman being taken away from her family at such a young age, just stating the facts. My condolence to the family, R.I.P. Carmela

lmalley77

First and foremost, nowhere in the article does it state that she was out "partying" the night before, only that she had "gone out" the night before. How do you know that she didn't go "out" to dinner and a late movie? I have gone to a 9:40 movie before and not returned home until after midnight! That's the problem with society, they do too much assuming, and you know what they say about people who ASSume! Also, the newspaper prints what they "hear"! How do you know that someone didn't say that they heard from someone else who heard from Joe down the street that Janes brother down the road that Bob's sister downtown reported to the police that she drank and did prescription drugs?? Don't always believe what you read just because it's printed in black and white by a newspaper!! People really need to leave this woman alone and stop smearing her name and let her rest in peace. If it were YOUR mother, aunt, niece, sister, best friend, etc., would YOU appreciate the newspaper printing irrelevant information about how they lived their life? I don't think you would! For those who are saying they published it to "save someone else from using drugs," bull! First, nobody that is addicted to drugs that bad is going to miraculously change their life because they read an article posted on the S.R., second, the S.R. is focused on ratings, they could care less about anything else. Nice try though people
P.s. The names I mentioned in my comment were random and we're used as an example only, If Ms. Davis knew anyone by the names I used I apologize in advance.

ladydye_5

Very well said. Many late show movies are 9:20 or 9:40 putting you home after midnight especially if you stop to get a burger or taco at a fast food joint. Not everyone is a druggie. Yes you can be, but not everyone. As for headaches and nosebleeds, has any heard of high blood pressure? OR a number or other conditions? Migraines? Stroke?

I can only hope I can this much press when I die. Who could guess it could be so exciting?!?! Migraines and High blood pressure or any other mundane medical condition. (IF ...IF this is what it is...NO one knows at this point...it is just the police blotter at this point. As well as just the ambulance run, is it really news worthy???)

KnuckleDragger

Agreed, people think that just because you are out past midnight you must be up to no good. When we go out for a family night, the 5 of us usually go to dinner and then to Cedar Lanes for an evening of bowling. We may not get him until after 1am. I can assure you that the strongest thing any of us have had was a cup of coffee. LOL

LookingDown

Did you ever think that her medical problems are none if anyone's business and to end the comment with r.I.p. doesn't make the comment any better.

DriaDria26

The SR puts it in their paper as they hear it from dispatch, thereafter they look into the police report that is made by the officer that is on duty at that time. If there was anything wrong with her it was not assumed by the register or anyone else; it is what was gathered from the spd report and family members. It is a trageusty that she had to leave this earth do young and for whatever reason it may be. But you cannot blame the SR, it is news and nothing other than that

holliesmayo

...the act of pointing to individual cases or data that seem to confirm a particular position, while ignoring a significant portion of related cases or data that may contradict that position. It is a kind of fallacy/reporting that is of selective attention and very well may be intentional.

holliesmayo

I am suggesting that maybe SR had "selective hearing and/or selective reporting from dispatch in this case.

lmalley77

Yes, it IS news that Ms.Davis tragically passed at such a young age and her dear parents were the ones who tragically had to find her deceased in their home. It is NOT news how she lived her life in the past. Whether or not she was known to use prescription drugs and drink alcohol is none of the publics business. It is only relevant to the coroner, NOT you, I, nor Tom, Dick or Harry!!

holliesmayo

I have two kids to protect from this. Prescription drugs comes from DOCTORS.

lmalley77

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lmalley77

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ladydye_5

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doctorsRdrugdealer

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holliesmayo

I was just trying to reply to some of this nonsense. Sugar diabetes,(a sugar coma), high blood pressure, (the silent killer), or even an aneurysms, all can come from genetics. Her symptoms seem to point to these type of illnesses.

holliesmayo

This is to Imalley77. I was referring to driadria too. AND here is my response to you: her doctor may have prescribed prescription drugs to her, according to your statements. THE DOCTOR PRESCRIBING MEDS TO HER HAS EVERYTHING TO DO WITH PROTECTING CARMELA'S CHILDREN. It is the doctor's job to keep his patient ALIVE, and her kids should have been his or her concern as well. THE KIDS I AM SPEAKING OF PROTECTING ARE CARMELA'S KIDS. It is his job, if according to you, there were "prescription drugs". IT IS HIS JOB! I didn't know of prescription drugs with Carmela online until you mentioned it.

lmalley77

Well then you didn't read the article because I'm not the one that mentioned it online, they are the ones that did, That is what I am so upset about to begin with! It's not anyone's business what she did in her life. The Register knows they didn't even need to put that in their article!!!! They don't care if they smear her or anyone else's name through the mud!! I will take it upon myself to delete my message directed towards you holliesmayo, as I myself ASSumed that you were responding to my post. I apologize for that, and maybe now that I have explained to you my position on this, you can understand where I stand on this as well. I do agree with you that it was her Dr.'s responsibility to keep her safe for her children. I also didn't realizing that you were speaking about her children. I now realize that they are the children you say that you now have to protect. Please accept my apology for my original comment responding to yours.

YouMustBeJoking

Why is it OK for you to ASSUME she died from high blood pressure, or whatever other assumptions you may have. But I get condemned for what I believe will come out in the autopsy. None of you know what I know or even if I know Carmela for that matter. So until the autopsy results come back, you can make an @$$ out of U and your comments.

holliesmayo

I can't make an @$$ out of me. I'm on here because of love, not ridicule. Because of that, I am to expect the worst and hope for the best for the kids that I love so dearly, and for Carmela, who I loved as well. If you didn't know her, you have nothing invested, so this is funny to you. I have to pick up pieces of a dream and carry on. I'm hurting while you make fun and poke holes in our lives, the life of a 11 and 12 year old who are old enough to read this. I have to fight, YOU DON'T.

holliesmayo

@YouMustBeJoking...And, like I said, if an initial toxicology report didn't reveal drugs, why are you trying to hurt two innocent kids? you can't hurt Carmela anymore with your seemingly racist comments. No, you didn't know her.

KnuckleDragger

Didn't take many posts for you to throw up the race card despite the fact that not a single word in youmustbejoking's post even hinted towards race. The fact that you threw race out there is even more disgusting than some of the assumptions being thrown out there in others posts. SMDH.

holliesmayo

Race card? There is nothing more disgusting than an insensitive right winger who feels that they have the right to violate a families right to privacy. This is not about race, I don't play cards, anyway. Why is it important for you to make your disgusting comments about Carmela?

YouMustBeJoking

@holliesmayo.. you my dear are WRONG. I DO (did) know her. My point was as a community WE have the right to know if she or anyone as young as she was for that matter, was possibly murdered, or assaulted the night before. I truly believe that Carmela's family are the victims here. In no way shape or form am I trying to make fun of or poke holes into anything. No matter how she died, this is tragic for anyone that knew and loved her. I'm sorry if you took it the wrong way. That was not my intentions

holliesmayo

I am so hurt and we have bouts with tears over here...AND I have to hide those tears from one son and cannot let the other one see me cry. We are hurting from this... this seems so unreal

holliesmayo

We are looking to answers too, we need someone to blame, but the truth may be in her genetics. I have to teach her kids to be healthy, to listen to warning signs in their body and see their doctor,regularly, but don't buy into prescription drugs. Sounds easy, right?

deertracker

My condolences to you and your family. Please keep in mind that sometimes answers can be very illusive.

I agree 100% about one listening to their body and not getting all confident in rx drugs. Some are just dangerous. The drug companies are the Real drug dealers. Legal ones too. Listen to your doctor but listen to your body first. Always!

holliesmayo

...And me and these kids have our right to privacy

holliesmayo

the is for Imalley77: I can't read any thing about this and think straight right now, but, thank you because we are hurting and hoping that it is genetic and that the other stuff is wrong. Also hoping for healthy and happy lives of the kids she left here for me to raise without her, so hurt, so hurt because I feel as if I need her, but God is faithful...

lmalley77

Holliesmayo, I can not even imagine how hard it must be for you and her children and the rest of the family. Again, I apologize if any of my comments were directed the wrong way towards you. I deleted the one that was before we talked to one another and figured out what we were trying to say. That's the hard thing about speaking through writing. Sometimes it's hard to convey what you are trying to say to others. I'm hoping and praying for you all that you receive answers soon and that you are able to have peace in your hearts knowing what happened to Carmela. Tomorrow, if the tears subside long enough, please go back and read my comments from the beginning, I was simply upset and disgusted by the Register for their addition of the irrelevant information in the article about them receiving information that she abused prescription medications and used alcohol heavily. My entire point all along was that it was nobodies business for the S.R. to print that information. Again, I'm sorry for jumping to conclusions about your post, and I will say an extra prayer for you and your family tonight.

holliesmayo

This is to Imalley77: I feel the need to tell you thank you. Thank you for your prayers and all of your comments and the comments of others who support Carmela's right and the rights of her kids. Thank you, thank you so very much, thank you.

SamAdams

Whatever the cause of death, this is undeniably a tragedy for the family and friends of the woman. That doesn't mean, however, that the news media shouldn't report on it!

When someone this young dies suddenly, there's a reason. Whether it's a medical problem or something that was effectively self-inflicted, it serves the public to know. Are there symptoms we should ALL watch for in ourselves or in our loved ones? Could we prevent another death by being forewarned? Is this another sad case of drug addiction? Could we let it serve as a warning that, if heeded even by only a few, could save other lives?

The only problem I can see with reporting the story -- which, again, is something the media SHOULD cover -- is that of irresponsible commenters who are busy speculating and sniping at each other.

No matter what happened, I extend my sympathies to the family. And whatever the results of the autopsy, I hope that the knowledge gained serves some higher purpose in the end.

holliesmayo

There are situations everyday, here in Sandusky where young people have passed away for known and apparent reasons. Why is it important to do this to Carmela?

holliesmayo

knuckledragger,Nothing that I say about this could ever be disgusting. I don't believe in this "race card" your kind speak of. I only know what your kind is capable of and the type of damage it brings on. Perhaps the sr should give report on you and/or your loved one's personal health information. SMMFH, it's definitely none of your business.

sandtown born a...

Wow a young woman dies unexpected and I have read all this crap about assumptions of drug use and then the race card even tried to get drug into the comments. SYMPATHY people she has parents, siblings, and even kids that are trying to grieve the loss and all your Monday morning guesses are just that GUESSES

camero

If we don't report it you complain that we are hiding something

holliesmayo

You report what you know will sell. There are thousands of incidences similar to Carmela's that are never mentioned in your paper, young and old. There is no known cause of her leaving us as of yet. However, the causes that are implied in your paper have been definitely found in other situations. You did not create an article for a personal attack on them. You did, though, give headlines to the new drug given to the police, now to revive heroin addicts. How many of those heroin overdoses have you recently reported?

SamAdams

Thousands? REALLY???

I appreciate you're grieving, but extreme exaggeration (not to mention some obvious defensiveness) isn't doing anybody any good, including the young woman or her family.

No, the Register doesn't report every death (outside the obituaries). But it seems to me they've highlighted unusual deaths just the way any responsible news outlet ought to. I'm very sorry that this apparently unusual death has affected you personally, but it's legitimate news. And depending on the determined cause of death, it may REMAIN legitimate news.

deertracker

I think some of you are forgetting this is a newspaper. Yes, there's numerous articles in all papers that print unflattering details but that is just the nature of the beast and has been for......EVER. Quit whining!!!!!!!!!!

I did not know this lady but I hope she is at peace!

YouMustBeJoking

holliesmayo
MON, 05/26/2014 - 1:48AM
@YouMustBeJoking...And, like I said, if an initial toxicology report didn't reveal drugs, why are you trying to hurt two innocent kids? you can't hurt Carmela anymore with your seemingly racist comments. No, you didn't know her.

Race was never brought up until this comment, who's racist here?

holliesmayo

Why are you in Carmela's business?

Little Giant

What was Carmela' "business". Her obituary didn't list a job.

holliesmayo

Also, I said SEEMINGLY. Must of struck a nerve.

richrs

I think if I had a loved one or friend pass like this the last place I would be is on here stirring the pot.

holliesmayo

That's you, not me. You don't know what you would do until you've walk a mile in my shoes. I refuse to allow anyone to say derogatory things about her, including you. Why are you including yourself in Carmela's private health issues?

richrs

Whatever.

danbury dad

Are the people complaining about SR printing this article some of the same who complain when something is not covered? A person dying under questionable circumstances is news worthy whether you read it or not is your decision. I would think if the family does not want to read it they wouldn't. News should not be politically correct it should be reported and let the readers decide if it should be read. If a paper keeps putting out articles that no one reads it would go out of business but there seems to be no shortage of readers on this article.

holliesmayo

There is a HIPAA violation. SR printed an article placing Carmela's Protected Health Information in public view and for public debate. The article also leans into defamation, possibly. All I am saying is that we have our right to privacy, especially her minor sons and we are trying to reserve our right to be left alone.

worddrow811

Sorry, but I think HIPAA only applies to the living. If you want your privacy, stop trying to defend her actions and wait for an official report. Once someone dies, their entire life becomes public in an obituary and no one is trying to defame her.

You are angry over something that cannot be changed and taking it out on the commentors on this board. Please get grief counseling so you can start to heal your emotions, no offense.

holliesmayo

There's where you are wrong. HIPAA is still applicable. Her entire life isn't summed up in an obituary either, nor are her medical records available to the general public. I am upset, very upset over something that cannot be changed. She passed away and there is nothing that I can do about it but pray and take very good care of the kids. I will seek grief counseling and/or see my Pastor.

YouMustBeJoking

holliesmayo, you are the one that keeps stirring the $h1t up. This is an open forum for people to comment. I wasn't going to comment any further, but your replies to everyones comments on here show that you are either oblivious to what was going on, or simply turned a blind eye to the problem. People die from all forms of addiction everyday. Being addicted to prescription drugs does not necessarily mean your a bad person. Years of drug abuse does create health problems. Lets call a spade a spade. And stop grasping at straws here. NO family is immune to addiction, and your attitude comes across as if you think that your family is immune, and it's NOT. Stop making excuses, and looking for reasons other than the obvious. Here's a thought if you truly are wanting privacy, and to be left alone, then STOP reading and commenting on here...

holliesmayo

As for you, Why are YOU bothering to comment? What's it to you? You can have an open forum without your nasty statements. And, whether I knew or not doesn't matter, she's passed. I understand that people pass away from addictions everyday. My point is, can there be a public debate over the other folks that you all KNOW that this has happened to instead of Carmela. There just so happened to be another person who overdosed on heroin that SAME DAY. I didn't see the article about that person, nor is there a public forum held to debate how he or she lived their life and chit chat about her medical records. Here's a thought for you: I don't play spades, I don't play cards. I caught on to what YOU were trying to say though, cute. If you are trying to say that it is what it is, I understand that language, but you and I both know better, don't we? Why don't YOU stop commenting on here and leave Carmela alone.

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holliesmayo

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Sal Dali

Judging by the number of comments, the answer as to why the SR covered this tragic event is obvious. It gets attention. Whether you are a concerned person or just curious this article has been read by many and commented on by numerous people both negatively and positively. I do think this shares awareness about a very real issue--whether it applies here or not. Another young life gone too soon. My deepest sympathy to Ms Davis's family.