Update: Unexplained death in Sumner

Update: Unexplained death in Sumner

Canterbury

Attribute to Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Cottam: 
 
Police can now name the woman who died in Redcliffs on Monday 22 October. 
 
She was Lauren Mikaila Biddle, a 22-year-old American citizen who was working in New Zealand. 
 
A post mortem was completed today and preliminary results have been forwarded to the Coroner. 
 
As part of the post mortem process, Police and the Coroner are waiting on toxicology results. 
 
Police are still carrying out a scene examination at a Spinnaker Lane address that it is believed Lauren had been at – we expect to complete that process tomorrow. 
 
Emergency services were initially called by a friend who was performing CPR on Lauren on Clifton Terrace.
 
We have been in contact with Lauren’s US-based family and have been working with the US Embassy to offer them the support they need. 
 
No further information is available at this stage. We will provide an update as soon as we are able. 
 
ENDS
 
Issued by Police Media Centre.