LYNCHBURG, Va. (WRIC) -
Police officials say that no charges will be filed in connection with the death of 18-year-old Jamisha Gilbert.
Officials held a news conference Thursday afternoon where it was revealed Gilbert died of hypothermia.
Officials say before her death, Gilbert had been upset about her living situation and family issues. They say she was high when she wrecked her car on the night of her disappearance. The Commonwealth's Attorney says "the effects of the marijuana and the trauma of being involved in the accident seem to have pushed her over the edge to the point where she acted completely irrationally, disrobing and running down the roadway during the middle of the night."
Gilbert's body was found about two miles from the accident scene in a thick briar patch. Investigators say it appears she got entangled in the briar, suffered hundreds of abrasions and eventually succumbed to hypothermia. Authorities had to use chain saws to cut a path through the briar to get to the body.
Official say no other drugs in Gilbert's system other than a small amount of marijuana. The people she was smoking marijuana with before her death will not face any charges.
The teen disappeared under suspicious circumstances over the Thanksgiving holiday last year. When her mother, Norma Gilbert-Eldridge, still hadn’t heard from her daughter on Sunday, Dec. 1, she filed a missing persons report. Lynchburg Police found Gilbert’s car, a burgundy 2002 Honda Accord, crashed off of Concord Turnpike, near Winston Ridge Road, during their search. Gilbert’s body was found behind a Lynchburg cemetery on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013.
Gilbert’s boyfriend was questioned, and sources familiar with the investigation say he was polygraphed. In early December, police said they did not have anyone in custody and were not considering any suspects at the time.
Gilbert graduated from Heritage High School in Lynchburg. Gilbert-Eldridge told ABC 8News that her daughter planned to attend the University of Maryland after completing community college and become a lawyer.