Date: July 18, 2002 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: CARRIE RODGERS, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856, PAGER
KIM GARRETT, (863) 534-6377 OR (863) 819-1656, PAGER
Death Investigation

The Polk County Sheriff's Office Homicide Unit is investigating the death of 17 year-old Kerry Jo McAuliffe, 546 Shakespeare Drive, Lakeland, Florida.

LeTroy Vernon, 28, a roommate, found McAuliffe about 11:00 a.m. laying unresponsive on a bedroom floor and called Emergency Medical Services who responded to a medical call at that residence.  EMS then summoned deputies to the residence about 11:30 a.m. after finding the victim dead.

McAuliffe's boyfriend,  Korey B. Henderson, 25, lived at the residence but was not at home when McAuliffe was found. Henderson is the father of their 1 1/2 month old child, Kyler Jeremy Lucas, DOB 05/28/02.

The child was at the residence when McAuliffe was found.  The child was transported by ambulance to Lakeland Regional Medical Center after illegal drugs were found in the house during the investigation.  DCF was contacted and responded to the scene to determine appropriate placement of the child.

The victim, McAuliffe, was transported to LRMC Morgue for an autopsy by the Medical Examiner.

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