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Police have closed the investigation into the April 5 death of Jessica Erin Hart, 17.
Jessica Erin Hart
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
The family of a Montvale teen who died shortly after visiting an urgent care facility in April will continue to seek answers even though police have closed the investigation into her death, a family spokesman said.
A medical examiner's ruling that Jessica Erin Hart, 17, succumbed to natural causes led Roanoke County police to close its investigation into her death, the department said Monday.
On April 4, the Liberty High School student and her mother went to the MedExpress urgent care clinic on Williamson Road in Roanoke County because Hart was suffering from a severe sore throat, family spokesman Travis Graham said in April.
She was given an injection and pills by doctors at the clinic. Hart became unresponsive a few hours later and died early on the morning of April 5 after being taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Graham said the medical examiner told Hart's family that the teen died of complications from mononucleosis. The family did not know Hart was suffering from the illness at the time of her death, Graham said.
He said the family is not satisfied with the medical examiner's ruling.
"The report provides certain facts and opinions, but does not answer all the questions that the family has about Jessica's death or the cause of any complications," Graham said. "We are continuing to investigate all circumstances which either led to her death or to complications of her condition, which in turn may have led to her death."
Roanoke County police opened an investigation into Hart's death, but Monday said they had closed the investigation following the medical examiner's ruling.
In April, police said their investigation involved an unnamed medical facility. Dr. Victor Starcher, senior vice president of medical affairs for Morgantown, W.Va.-based MedExpress, said in April that a physician at the company's Roanoke County facility treated Hart on April 4.
Starcher said at the time that the facility was cooperating with the investigation.
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