Police in New York are investigating the sudden death of 17-year-old girl who appears to have collapsed on her family’s lawn after going out for an errand.
According to the New York Post, Yixuan Yin had left her home in Fresh Meadows, Queens, sometime late Sunday or early Monday and did not return after a “lengthy” amount of time had passed. When a concerned relative went outside to begin looking for the girl, they found her lying on the grass, unresponsive.
Yin was transported to a nearby hospital where she was later pronounced dead.
It is not clear from the report exactly when Yin left the home or how far she was planning on going. According to CBS New York, surveillance footage shows Yin appear to carry a piece of luggage to a vehicle, before she is seen chasing after a cat, which apparently ran away towards a nearby alley. But soon after, Yin appears back in the video frame heading in the direction of the home.
“She’s helping a lady to move the luggage onto a van or something and then her cat ran away,” Charlotte Wong, a neighbor, told CBS New York. It is not clear from the report if Wong witnessed the incident as it took place or was referring to the scene on the surveillance footage.
The relative reportedly found the girl’s body at about 1:15 a.m. Monday.
The teen girl’s body did not show any signs of obvious trauma, police told the New York Post. Investigators have not yet determined whether there was any criminality involved in the death, pending a medical examination and further investigation.
According to CBS New York, Yin did not have any known medical conditions, and the medical examiner will work to determine if the teen had any undiagnosed medical conditions that could have contributed to her sudden death.
This is a developing story and all information is preliminary. CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.
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