Thursday, September 29, 2005
A memorial service for Adele Dombrowski is at 2 p.m. today at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel. A public visitation is from 9 a.m. to noon today at Yampa Valley Funeral Home. Steamboat Springs High School will dismiss its students early today to allow them to attend Dombrowski's service. Students will be let out at 1:15 p.m., and school buses will be available to transport students to the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel.
The buses will bring students back to the school at 3:35 p.m. Counselors and mental health professionals will be available at the memorial to support students. Students who do not attend the memorial can leave school at 1:15 p.m. or can participate in supervised study at the school. Call 879-1562.
An autopsy report about the death of 17-year-old Adele Dombrowski is expected to be completed today, Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg said.
And until details of the autopsy are released, Steamboat police officials are cautioning people against jumping to conclusions about what caused the death of the Steamboat Springs High School senior.
Police Capt. Joel Rae said he is concerned about false information circulating about her death, particularly in the absence of official autopsy and toxicology reports.
"We are investigating this death like we would any other unattended death," he said. "We simply don't know what happened."
Dombrowski was found dead Saturday morning in her room. She spent part of the previous night in Craig watching a football game between Steamboat and Moffat County. Several witnesses interviewed by police said Dombrowski drank alcohol with friends Friday night, but police and Ryg said that until autopsy and toxicology tests are finished, it's premature to speculate whether alcohol played a role in Dombrowski's death. Dombrowski had a history of seizures, Ryg said Thursday.
"The reports are still pending," he said. "There is still a lot of stuff going on."
On Sunday, Kevin Miller Neuwirth, a 20-year-old Steamboat man, was arrested on suspicion of providing alcohol to a minor after he came forward to confess purchasing a 1.75-liter bottle of Captain Morgan Spiced Rum from The Bottleneck for Dombrowski. The Bottleneck clerk who sold Neuwirth the alcohol and the store's owner were cited for the sale.
Reports that an empty bottle of rum was found next to Dombrowski when she was discovered Saturday morning are not true, Rae said. He said the bottle was recovered outside Dombrowski's residence with an undisclosed amount of alcohol remaining inside it.
"People assume that just because it's a young person's death that drugs and alcohol was involved," Public Safety Director J.D. Hays said.