Teen's Death Followed Night of Drinking

Police are trying to piece together what led to the Friday death of 15-year-old Mireya Alvarez. They say that foul play is not suspected but they add that she did drink too much.

We’re told Mireya was positive and full of life but all that came to an end on Friday.

Sgt. Chad Meyers, with the Council Bluffs Police Department says she was at a house party and a lot of alcohol was being passed around.

Meyers said, “We are basing that on witness statements and then we have found some evidence that alcohol was used.”

Sgt. Meyers says a friend tried to wake Alvarez in the morning but she was already cold to the touch.

The friend called Mireya’s parents and 911. The parents didn’t know where the party was so they all met behind a Council Bluffs strip mall across town. When first responders got on scene, they said Alvarez was already dead.

Alvarez had been attending Lewis Central high school. Then something went wrong and the former sophomore didn't re-enroll. Despite that, Principal Joel Beyenhof said Alvarez still considered herself strongly connected with the school. Counselors were on hand from 1 to 3 on Monday afternoon.

In the end, police say this was a tragedy that should never have happened.

Sgt. Meyers said, “Typically when younger, underage kids drink, it is usually binge drinking. This is what can happen. I don't know that you can send a stronger message to kids not to drink underage."

Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilber said Monday that he had not yet been briefed on the case but his office could become involved if the autopsy results paint a different picture.

Lewis Central’s principal said counselors will be on hand for students returning from the break.


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