UPDATE: Lynchburg Police reveal Jamisha Gilbert's cause of death - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

UPDATE: Lynchburg Police reveal Jamisha Gilbert's cause of death

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LYNCHBURG, VA - We are learning more about the death of Lynchburg 18-year old who disappeared in late 2013.

The Lynchburg Commonwealth's attorney says Jamisha Gilbert
was found about two miles from where her car crashed and police say she ran from her car taking her clothes off as she went, which is a condition of hypothermia, you have a false sense of being warm.

She was last seen Thanksgiving night and found dead December 4th in a thickly wooded area between Pleasant Valley Rd and Route 460 near Meggison Lane.

Gilbert was found naked in the middle of a briar patch so thick they had to use chainsaws to cut her out. 
There were hundreds of cuts on her face and feet. The medical examiner cited the cause of death as hypothermia. The low temperatures were in the teens when she disappeared in November. They say "paradoxial undressing" is a condition associated with hypothermia and "commonly occurs as the individual has a false perception of being warm and subsequently undressed before death."

"Marijuana consumption likely contributed to death, although the degree to which
marijuana contributed to death is uncertain" said the medical examiner's report.

Lynchburg Police say three young men admitted to smoking marijuana with her before her disappearance, but they will not be charged with drug distribution. 

"The justification for this decision comes in the possibility that a greater good can result from this case if the facts are made open to the public now, instead of in months or possibly a year from now, after a criminal trial in all possible appeals have been exhausted" said Michael 
Doucette, the Lynchbug Commonwealth's Attorney. 

YOU CAN READ THE FULL DEATH INVESTIGATION REPORT HERE


Doucette
wants this to be a lesson to others. 

"This does not have to happen to anybody else. By releasing this report and exposing all the facts in this case it is our hope that local teenagers and young adults will understand it have a dialogue that smoking marijuana can exacerbate mental health issues and make rational people act completely irrational," said Doucette. "I'm not going to go in and say anyone who smokes marijuana is going to run off in the woods and die. But there are instances and Jamisha Gilbert's case being one of them where where because of this combination of the use of marijuana along with the psycho active effect it can have not always but can't have that is something that needs to be discussed and rational decisions be made before people start smoking this stuff ."

Gilbert's mom told police "Jamisha was known to act crazy when she smoked marijuana" according to reports.

Police found a journal inside the crashed car with an entry dated August 27, 2013:

"I write these words in this book in order to share the strange, dark secrets in my head that I can't explain the origin. I've only realized these secrets through the high I received through Mary Jane."



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UPDATE (2:55 p.m.) The investigation into the death of Jamisha Gilbert revealed the circumstances leading up to her death indicate it was an accident.

No criminal charges will be filed in the case.

Lynchburg police say the cause of Gilbert's death is hypothermia.

Marijuana consumption is likely a factor in the 18-year-old's death, although police say the degree to which it contributed is uncertain.
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Lynchburg Police along with the Commonwealth's Attorney are planning to talk about the case of a teenager who was found dead back in December.

As we've reported, Jamisha Gilbert went missing before her body was found by search teams.

Today at 3 p.m. police are set to discuss what they've found in their investigation of this suspicious death.

We will have a crew at the news conference and bring you the latest online and in our evening newscasts beginning at 5 p.m.

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