‘Undetermined’ — Madison Valley suspicious death investigation takes unusual turn

BFT023660-1_20150511Four months after the 29-year-old stopped breathing in the Madison Valley house where she was a tenant, authorities still don’t know how Devan Schmidt died.

Late last month, the King County Medical Examiner finally announced the results of its investigation but the findings have provided little closure for law enforcement and loved ones. According to the findings, the investigation’s results were inconclusive. Schmidt’s cause of death is now officially listed as “undetermined.” Her manner of death? “Undetermined,” too.

CHS last reported on the suspicious death investigation surrounding the woman in August as Seattle Police said homicide detectives were awaiting the results of key toxicology reports. Schmidt was found inside the home the morning of May 2nd by a roommate who called 911 and was guided through CPR in an attempt to revive the woman as Seattle Fire medics rushed to the scene near E Denny Way and 29th Ave E. Arriving medics ceased CPR and pronounced Schmidt dead. Seattle Police said they were investigating the death as suspicious and that Crime Scene Investigators and homicide detectives collected evidence at the home. There were no reported signs of fatal trauma or a struggle.

A friend told CHS Schmidt arrived in Seattle late last year after moving from Alaska. She worked as a server in a downtown Seattle comedy bar. “A bright light in the darkest of rooms she will be remembered with a smile on her face,” the obituary for the Madison, Wisconsin native read.

According to a Seattle Police Department spokesperson, the Schmidt case remains “an active and ongoing investigation.”

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