Homicide detectives were called to a Las Vegas hotel after the death of a 26-year-old woman was deemed “suspicious.”
Kalli Medina-Brown of Citrus Heights, California, went to Las Vegas to celebrate her 27th birthday at the D Hotel-Casino in the downtown area. However, her lifeless body was found inside a hotel laundry chute on the morning of Feb. 21. Spokesperson for the Las Vegas Metro Police, Officer Larry Hadfield, told KVVU News that her body was found around 2:40 a.m.
Although it was reported that the 26-year-old had fallen down the chute, the circumstances of Medina-Brown’s death were “suspicious” and required the assistance of homicide detectives.
Medina-Brown's childhood friends are heartbroken.
“I told her I hope you have a great time,” Sierra Roraback, one of Medina-Brown’s closest friends, told KMAX News. “I hope you enjoy yourself, be safe. I can’t wait to see you when you get back. We were family.”
“I just ask God that she didn’t hurt,” said best friend Carly Worrell. “That she wasn’t scared. Or she didn’t feel alone or helpless.”
Medina-Brown’s grandfather, Tony Fratis, is searching for answers.
"Everybody goes to Vegas to have fun,” he told KNTV News. “There's no way it was suicide. There's no way in the world.”
Surveillance footage from the hotel shows Medina-Brown walking in one direction into the maid’s closet while her husband walked the other way. The footage goes dark after she entered the closet.
Fratis does not know why they walked away, but he stated that her husband was not a violent person. Nevertheless, friends and family have been unable to get in touch with him after the incident.
"We've all consumed too much [alcohol] so that's a strong possibility,” Fratis continued. “Could they have gotten in an argument? Sure. Would that have caused her to jump down a chute? No."
Friends agree that she had a calm demeanor and doubt she would have done anything drastic. They hope that justice will prevail for the 26-year-old.
“In order to have closure on the situation and sleep a little better or something—we have to figure out who did this, we have to figure out what happened," Roraback said.