UPDATE (12/2/2022): The Rochester Police Department announced they have identified the deceased individual as 33-year-old resident Brittni Iverson.

DePaul Addiction Services has released a statement regarding the incident.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear colleague. Our sincere and heartfelt condolences go out to her family and friends,” DePaul Addiction Services said in a statement. “The safety and well-being of our staff members and residents is always our primary concern. The incident is being investigated by the authorities and we are fully cooperating to ensure that justice is served.”

ORIGINAL STORY:

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The Rochester Police Department is investigating the ‘suspicious death’ of a staff member of DePaul Addiction Services.

Officers responded to DePaul on Tuesday after receiving a report of a fight and possible assault of a staff member. According to police, both parties involved left the scene before their arrival.

The next morning, police were told by Strong Memorial Hospital that the staff member — a woman in her 30s — was in critical condition and then passed away shortly after.

The Monroe County Medical Examiner and the Major Crimes Unit are currently working to determine the circumstances of her death and if there was a connection to the reported fight at DePaul Addiction Services.

According to Lieutenant Greg Bello, this is really the first major issue he has heard of at this center.

“Tragically, a few hours later she passed away. So the point we’re at now is, what led up to… okay… so we know there was some sort of altercation that occurred at the DePaul group home, but now what we’re waiting for is to determine what caused this woman to pass away, what caused her death? Was it related to the altercation, or the possible assault that occurred earlier in the evening? Or was it related to some sort of medical issue, or some other unknown issue that occurred between the incident and when she passed away?” said Bello.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911.


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