An autopsy report for a woman found dead in a police officer’s RV shows the officer told investigators the two had been in a sexual relationship, and he had given her money in the past.
Treasure Hendrix, 35, was found dead Aug. 19 in an RV trailer in the 1500 block of South Western Avenue, police said. The officer who owns the RV has since resigned from the department, police spokesman Thomas Ahern said.
That officer was the last person to see Hendrix alive, and he was the person who found her unresponsive the next morning, according to the autopsy report.
The autopsy found Hendrix died of an accidental drug overdose, but her family and friends have raised questions about the investigation and said they’ve gotten few updates from police. Posts about the case have been shared widely on social media.
At a Sunday march, Hendrix’s family said there are “too many discrepancies” in an autopsy report that details the circumstances of her death.
Block Club obtained the autopsy report through a Freedom of Information Act request.
In the autopsy report, Hendrix’s fiance — who could not be reached for comment — alleges the former officer who found Hendrix’s body would use drugs with her.
The former officer also told a police investigator he gave money to Hendrix and had previously had a sexual relationship with her, according to the report.
Ahern said “there is an open investigation into the allegations made by” Hendrix’s family.
The officer resigned in August, Ahern said. Block Club has not named the officer because he has not been charged with a crime. He could not be reached for comment.
The former officer told a detective he met with Hendrix at 2 p.m. Aug. 18 at Parlor Pizza, 108 N. Green St., for food and a few drinks, according to the report. He said she left at 4 p.m. to meet a friend.
But video from the restaurant shows Hendrix and the former officer arriving at 4:03 p.m. and leaving 41 minutes later, according to the report.
The former officer told the investigator Hendrix called him about 9 p.m. the same day, asking to come over, according to the report. He agreed, and Hendrix arrived at his RV about 11 p.m., “visibly drunk and high,” he told the detective, according to the report.
The officer told the investigator he lists his home on Airbnb and sleeps in the RV when it’s occupied. He parks the RV in a lot near the Cinespace campus.
A photo of Hendrix’s car shows it arrived about 9:47 p.m. and did not leave, according to the report.
The former officer told the investigator he let Hendrix sleep in a back bed of the RV while he slept in another part of the vehicle, according to the report.
He woke up about 8:30 a.m. Aug. 19 and found Hendrix “unresponsive,” according to the report. He told the investigator he performed chest compressions on Hendrix until paramedics arrived, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.
The former officer told the detective he and Hendrix had been friends for several years and would get together occasionally for drinks. He said he had put money into Hendrix’s bank account to help her out.
Hendrix had a history of drinking and using narcotics, the former officer told investigators, and he’d had a sexual relationship with her in the past, according to the report.
Hendrix’s fiance said she did have a history of drug and alcohol use, according to the report. He also told the investigator Hendrix dated the former officer in the past “and was still seeing him recently,” and the two “have a history of doing narcotics together,” according to the report.
Hendrix’s family disputes that she used drugs.
Investigators did not find any signs of drugs in the RV, according to the report. They did see several alcohol bottles on a table.
Hendrix’s family, speaking at the Sunday protest, expressed doubts about the notes in the report. They think it’s unlikely Hendrix would have been able to drive to the former officer’s RV while drunk and high, said her aunt, Tracey Maxey.
“Also, the times don’t add up,” Maxey said. “It doesn’t make sense to us. We want it to make sense.”
The autopsy found Treasure Hendrix had alcohol, cocaine, fentanyl, meth and MDMA in her system at the time of her death.
Maxey said Hendrix drank but didn’t do hard drugs.
“She also had bruises on her face and swollen lips, like if she hit something or something hit her. … She didn’t do that to herself,” Maxey said.
Hendrix’s family said they are outraged by silence from police and the authorities and are calling on the FBI to investigate.
“We had to become detectives ourselves because nobody told us anything. Nobody ever knocked on my door to tell me that my Treasure had passed,” Maxey said.
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