Wednesday September 12 2012
– Police in Las Vegas will interview witnesses this morning in the hope of a breakthrough in the mysterious and tragic death of Port Adelaide footballer John McCarthy.
Investigations will focus on how McCarthy ended up alone on the roof of the Flamingo Hotel and Casino in the moments before his tragic fall.
The roof is not easily accessible from the gaming room floor, and questions remain as to just how he found his way there.
It comes as Clark County coroner Mike Murphy said McCarthy’s body could be released as early as today.
It emerged yesterday that the 22-year-old had phoned girlfriend Dani Smarelli in a disorientated state just hours before his death.
Laura Meltzer, an officer from the Las Vegas Metro Police Department, said detectives from the Violent Crimes Section had attended the scene.
Port Adelaide football operations manager Peter Rohde said at the Las Vegas Airport last night that he was still unclear on the lead-up to McCarthy’s fall.
Rohde, who will bring McCarthy’s body home on behalf of the family, said he would speak with local police and the Australia consulate again this morning.
Toxicology tests were done on McCarthy’s body yesterday, although Mr Murphy stressed the results would never become public unless released by the player’s immediate family.
Las Vegas police and the local coroner’s office are both reviewing CCTV footage from the Flamingo Hotel and Casino.
But Mr Murphy ruled out foul play as a cause of the 22-year-old’s death.
When quizzed as to whether it was possible McCarthy had attempted to use one of the palm trees to climb to the ground, Mr Murphy said investigations were ongoing.
McCarthy was found in the driveway of the Flamingo about 5:40am local time on Sunday.
Medical personnel transported him to a trauma centre where he was later pronounced dead, Las Vegas police said in a statement.
Ms Meltzer said police were investigating if there was footage of suitable quality that could be used to discover how McCarthy came to be found dead in the driveway – Stephen Drill & Courtney Walsh


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