Death of Jamie Cail: Investigators ‘eagerly await’ autopsy and toxicology reports of former US swimmer who died in US Virgin Islands

(CNN) Investigators are “eagerly awaiting” autopsy results, including the toxicology report from former US swimmer Jamie Cail, according to a public information officer with the US Virgin Islands Police Department.

It’s “crucial” to be absolutely accurate, Glen Dratte, the agency’s communications director, told CNN.

Dratte said all deaths are being investigated by the Bureau of Criminal Investigations and the investigation into the death of Cail, who swam for Team USA as a teenager, is a very smooth one.

There are “a lot of moving parts” right now, he said.

Cail died about seven days ago on Île Saint-Jean. According to a police press release, her unidentified boyfriend left a bar just after midnight to check on her last Tuesday when he found her on the floor at their home.

The boyfriend and a friend got her into a vehicle and transported her to the Myrah Keating-Smith Community Health Center where CPR was performed, authorities said.

Cail, 42, eventually “succumbed to her illness”, officials added, saying she was dead on arrival. A cause of death has not been released.

Cail won gold at the 1997 Pan Pacific Championships as a member of the United States women’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay, according to FINA. She also won a silver medal in November 1998 at the FINA Swimming World Cup in Brazil. in the women’s 800 meter freestyle.

“USA Swimming is saddened to learn of the passing of Jamie Cail,” said Lindsay Mintenko, general manager of the USA National Swim Team. “Jamie was a proud member of our national teams in the late 1990s and was a cherished teammate. We send our condolences to Jamie’s friends and family.”

As a teenager, Cail spent time at the Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida, a private college-preparatory school known as a swimming and diving powerhouse.

Former Bolles swimmer Jooyoung Lee said he “never met anyone who had a work ethic like Jamie”.

He said she would push herself to total exhaustion during practice.

“She was so tough…a serious competitor,” he said. “But outside the pool, he was a very sweet and sensitive person.”

Cail was among the nation’s top 16 athletes in his age group in at least 10 US Swimming ranking events for the 1996-97 season.

She swam briefly at the University of Southern California before transferring to the University of Maine where she earned a letter in her only season. She graduated in 2003.

“The University of Maine Athletics is saddened to learn of the passing of former Black Bear swimmer Jamie Cail,” officials said in an emailed statement. “The University of Maine community asks everyone to keep Jamie’s family and friends in their thoughts.”

CNN has reached out to Cail’s family for comment, as well as authorities for further details.

CNN’s Jean Casarez, Wayne Sterling and Jill Martin contributed to this report.

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