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Student’s cause of death remains a mystery

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The cause of death of former PCC student Liya ‘Jessie’ Lu remains a mystery after the Coroner’s medical examiners released their report on Tuesday.Lu’s body was found in a trashcan covered with approximately 10 gallons of kitty litter on Sept. 15, almost a month after her disappearance.

“The elaborate preparation to dispose of the cadaver is a strong indication of the intent to dispose of evidence that could point out the cause and manner of death,” said medical examiners in the Coroner’s autopsy report. “Considering all these circumstances the manner of death is homicidal.”

Eventually, Lu’s advanced-decomposing body stopped any type of conclusions in regards of her cause of death. “The cause of death in this case remains undetermined after autopsy and toxicological examinations,” said the report.

The Coroner’s report reveals that Lu’s body was suffering greenish discoloration on the skin, disintegration on the internal and external organs, and brain liquification – the process in which a solid or a gas becomes liquid.

The report also discloses that Lu’s body had no external or internal evidence of injuries, which increased the ambiguity on her slaying.

One-time PCC nursing program student Isaac Campbell is charged with murder in the death of his ex-girlfriend Lu.
“All I can say is that by [Campbell's preliminary hearing], the evidence will be shown,” said Prosecutor Steven Ipson on Feb. 28.

The Coroner’s report, which was issued on Sept. 18, was on security hold almost eight months until it was released this week.

“[The Coroner Department] has no control of how long a report can be on security hold,” said Chief Coroner Investigator and Chief of Operations Craig Harvey.

“The law enforcement agencies have the right to have the reports on hold,” said Harvey.

“Los Angeles Sheriff’s officials requested a security hold on the report,” added Harvey, “so the information is not prematurely given and [Sheriff's officials] can conduct their investigation.”

Campbell, who allegedly was in a relationship with Lu, will appear at the Alhambra Courthouse on June 19 for the setting of his preliminary hearing.

Campbell is charged with first-degree murder, which may get him from 25 years to life in prison if he is convicted, explained Ipson.

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