Investigation into girl's death continues

COURTESY PHOTOA family photo of Chloe Ricard, 13, of Amesbury, who died Monday night at Lawrence General Hospital. 

LAWRENCE — As investigators awaited results of an autopsy on a 13-year-old Amesbury girl, the Amesbury school superintendent remembered her as a "talented young artist" who "showed great empathy for others."

Chloe Ricard was dropped off at the Lawrence General Hospital emergency room Monday evening and pronounced dead a short time later. Police have not said who brought the girl to the hospital or if he or she was accompanied by anyone else.

Ricard was a student at the private Solstice Day School in Rowley, but previously attended public school in Amesbury.

Amesbury School Superintendent Jared Fulgoni issued a statement Wednesday in which he said Ricard enrolled in the school system in August 2017 and attended Amesbury Middle School.

"Chloe was a talented young artist," Fulgoni said in the statement. "She was creative and found that she could sometimes best express herself through her artwork. She was kind to the younger students in the school and she showed great empathy for others. We will miss her smile, her creativity and her huge heart."

The Solstice Day School website says the school offers "trauma informed care" to students in grades 7-12.  A representative from the school would not comment about Ricard on Wednesday.

A spokesman for District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said it is likely results of the autopsy performed Tuesday will take time to analyze before a cause of death can be released.

"We anticipate it will take some time before there is a ruling on the cause and manner of death," the DA's office said in a written statement.

"This is an active and fluid investigation," the statement said, adding that no arrests have been made.

The teen was brought to the emergency room Monday at 4:47 p.m. and pronounced dead shortly after arrival, a spokesman for the district attorney said.

"We have interviewed a number of people regarding the incident and we will continue to do so until we get all the answers," said Lawrence Police Chief Roy Vasque. "We are going to do everything and anything we can."

In Amesbury, Fulgoni said grief counselors were made available at the middle school Wednesday.

Wednesday marked the second time Fulgoni had to issue a statement about a deceased student this school year.

Amesbury High School senior Troy Marden was killed in a snowmobile accident Feb. 16. The 17-year-old varsity football player was thrown from the snowmobile he was riding after it hit a snowbank in Portland, Maine.

Students were on winter break at the time but grief counselors were made available when they returned to the high school Feb. 25.

Asked about Ricard's death, Amesbury police Lt. Kevin Donovan said only that the investigation is being handled by the district attorney's office and offered no further comment.

Staff reporter Jill Harmacinski contributed to this report. Follow her on Twitter @EagleTribJill.

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