NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office says a preliminary autopsy revealed no foul play in the death investigation of a woman living in Tesla Park Apartments.
According to Sgt. Jerry Brewer with the sheriff's office, someone called 911 for medical assistance after finding Stephanie Chappell Hobson, 25, unresponsive.
The sheriff's deputy was first on the scene and started CPR. EMS arrived a short time later and took other life saving measures, but both were unsuccessful. Hobson was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
Brewer said the 911 caller claimed the victim was on synthetic drugs, but he could not confirm that the death was caused by an overdose.
According to Brewer, the cause of death does not appear to be suspicious.
The following is an excerpt from the 911 call made by the victim's alleged boyfriend:
Dispatch: OK, how old is your girlfriend?
Caller: She's 25.
Dispatch: OK. Is she conscious?
Caller: [Calling out to victim] Stephanie! Stephanie!
Dispatch: Sir, is she awake?
Caller: Her…she's not moving at all. She looks like she's dead…she was just fine.
Dispatch: OK, Jeremy…did you find her like this? Or…
Caller: She had taken some pills last night she got off the internet, and I stayed with her, and she was…
Dispatch: OK. But you just walked in and found her like this?
Caller: No, I was with her all night, and then all of a sudden…
Dispatch. OK, sir. Is there a defibrillator or an AED available?
Caller: I don't know what that is.
The dispatch official then instructs the 911 caller to check to see if the victim is breathing, then directs the caller how to try to resuscitate the victim.
The caller begins to sob, and when asked to look in the victim's mouth, he tells the dispatch official, "Her lips are totally blue."
Dispatch: OK, and you said you think she took medication?
Caller: She took some designer drugs she got off the internet.
Dispatch: …OK, and do you know what type of drugs they were?
Caller: I don't know, man.
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