Police believe woman's death was accidental fall

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - New information about a woman who fell five stories to her death in Shockoe Bottom as Richmond Police detailed in the search warrant.

Based on initial investigation, Richmond Police detectives preliminarily believe the death of Casie L. Rhodes, 30, yesterday was the result of an accidental fall.

After interviewing witnesses and further investigation, detectives believe Rhodes' death was the result of an accidental fall from her apartment building. However, investigators are still waiting on the Medical Examiner's Office to determine the official cause of death.

As part of the investigation, a search of Rhodes' apartment resulted in the arrest of her boyfriend, Reda H. Mohammad, 39, of the same address, for felony heroin possession. A mugshot is not available because it is not yet in the system.

The medical examiner is performing an autopsy this morning to determine the cause of death. That information should be available this afternoon. The Commonwealth's Attorney's Office has been contacted by the Richmond Police Department in this case.

According to the search warrant:

  • Responding officers arrived at the scene and found a white female on the ground, not moving. They heard a male subject screaming from the 5th floor "My baby is dead."
  • Responding officers went to the fifth floor apartment, knocked on the door and the man who answered the door had blood on his clothing.
  • Witnesses told police the man and woman had been arguing all morning.
  • Richmond Police secured the dwelling and discovered items on the balcony and in the apartment were in disarray.

Police said this is a complicated case as investigators piece together what other witnesses saw which will be added to what's released by the medical examiner.

Investigators still ask anyone with any information about this incident to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or text Crime Stoppers at 274637 first using the word "ITip" followed by your tip. Both methods are anonymous.

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