- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Lafayette authorities have ruled out foul play in the death of a 21-year-old woman whose body was found in Girard Park over the weekend.

Sgt. Randal Leger, spokesman for the Lafayette Police Department, tells The Advertiser (https://bit.ly/1kt5QEL ) the cause of death has been determined to be accidental drowning.

Leger said an investigation is still ongoing. Police are trying to determine why Alexandria Shelton was at the park Saturday night.

Leger says Shelton last spoke to friends around 8:30 p.m. Saturday and made plans to meet up with them. According to Grambling State University, where Shelton was a student, she was expected to attend a goodbye party for a friend.

Around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, after Shelton never arrived to meet her friends, they called her cellphone, police said. A man answered and said he had found the phone in Girard Park. Shelton’s friends then went to the park and met with that man and a second man to retrieve the phone. Shortly after they arrived, the friends found Shelton’s vehicle at the park and contacted police.

Lafayette police found Shelton’s body in a drainage ditch near the Girard Park pond around 12:10 a.m. Sunday.

Leger said police were not yet releasing where Shelton’s phone was in relation to her body, or other details about the investigation.

Shelton was a senior at Grambling State University and was scheduled to graduate May 9, said school spokesman Will Sutton by email. Shelton was majoring in criminal justice, had a 3.5 grade point average and was a member of Grambling’s Earl Lester Cole Honors College. Sutton said university officials are working to award Shelton’s degree posthumously.

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Information from: The Advertiser, https://www.theadvertiser.com


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