General Crime

* Gilroy Police to Announce New Developments in Investigation of Girl’s Death

Gilroy police will announce several new developments today in the case of a 15-year-old girl who died after she was found passed out at a friend’s home earlier this month. On the morning of Dec. 5, police and emergency crews responded to a home in the 9000 block of Bunting Court for a report of a girl in physical distress. The 911 caller said the victim had passed out and was having difficulty breathing, police said. The girl, Sara Botill, was taken to Saint Louise Regional Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Although the official cause of death is not yet known, police believe alcohol poisoning may have contributed to her death. Investigators believe Botill had gone to a female friend’s house for a sleepover, and a third girl was also at the home. In the early morning hours, the girls drank alcohol that was brought to the home. How the alcohol was obtained remains under investigation, according to police. Botill was the daughter of a Gilroy firefighter.
At today’s press conference, Gilroy police Chief Denise Turner, Detective Stan Devlin, Sgt. Jim Gillio, and representatives from other agencies are expected to be in attendance. Updates will be provided on the investigation into Botill’s death,
and authorities will clear up mistaken information that has surfaced, police said. The press conference is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. in the Gilroy Police Department community room, located at 7301 Hanna St.

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