LATE-NIGHT CALL HOME ONLY CLUE TO DEATH

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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About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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