Wednesday, April 27, 2022

The Suspicious Death of Alina Fitzpatrick

 

Alina Fitzpatrick was only 17 years-old when she vanished in Oklahoma City on November 4th, 2011. Five days later, her nude body was found in an empty lot in a northeast part of the city. Alina's body was covered in bruises and there was a gag inside her mouth. 

The gruesome discovery of Alina's body led to more questions than answers about what happened to her. The mystery began on the evening of November 4th, after Alina had somebody drop her off at the intersection of NW 24th and Western Avenue. She never returned home and was never seen alive by her family and friends again. Alina's family members attempted to call her several times, but their calls went straight to voicemail. She was reported missing shortly thereafter. 

According to reports, Alina went to that intersection on the evening she vanished to visit someone in a nearby apartment complex. However, she was apparently vague about who exactly she planned to meet. After Alina's body was found, an autopsy revealed that she had been abused physically around the time of her death. A 2012 report from The Oklahoman states that there were "multiple abrasions on [Alina's] head caused by blunt force, as well as hemorrhaging and swelling." 

The autopsy also revealed that there was a high level of methamphetamine in Alina's system when she died. The medical examiner stated that the level of drugs she had ingested could have been fatal, therefore it is possible that she died of an overdose. Still, that does not explain how Alina obtained the injuries on her body, or why she was found nude and gagged. It's clear that somebody harmed Alina, but investigators have reportedly been unable to determine if she was murdered. 

There has been a lot of online speculation and criticism about the investigation, or lack thereof, into Alina's death. Some have accused the Oklahoma City Police of not sufficiently looking for suspects or persons of interest. Various sources have stated that police stopped investigating after the medical examiner revealed the possibility that Alina died of an overdose. Years have passed without any updates in the case.

Alina's case remains unsolved. If you have any information that could lead to answers about what happened to her, please go here to submit a tip.
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