| New York Daily News |
May 23, 2019 | 12:58 AM
One minute she was visiting a friend. Then she didn’t contact her family or return home.
But the last thing the parents of 13-year-old Chloe Ricard expected was to find her dead at the hospital.
The teen was dropped off at a Boston emergency room by a man in his 40s, hospital personnel told her mother and stepfather. Doctors did everything they could, but she had arrived lifeless, they told her heartbroken parents, according to WBZ-TV, the CBS affiliate in Boston.
Chloe was from Amesbury, outside Boston.
According to her mother, Deborah Goldsmith-Dolan, and stepfather, Brian Dolan, their daughter had been dropped off at a friend’s house on Sunday, the two told the Boston Globe.
The eighth-grader didn’t come home that night, Goldsmith-Dolan said, but her daughter’s friends said on Monday morning that she was with a friend in another town, the mother told the Globe.
“The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is performing an autopsy today, however we anticipate it will take some time before there is a ruling on the cause and manner of death,” Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s office told the Globe. “This is an active and fluid investigation. There have been no arrests.”
Chloe was deposited at 4:47 p.m. Monday in the emergency room at Lawrence General Hospital, officials told WFXT-TV, and she was pronounced dead soon after.
“From what one of the police officers said at the hospital, she was brought in and dumped at the hospital,” Dolan told WFXT. “They said she was lifeless. No pulse, no nothing, they just drove in and dropped her off. She didn't even have a pulse when they pushed her out of the car.”
The hospital expressed condolences in a statement.
"Our hearts go out to this family, and we are cooperating fully with the police investigation," Lawrence General said, according to WCVB-TV.
The family is demanding answers, but authorities say that even determining a cause of death could take time.