Jessie Blodgett, teen actress, was found dead after a cast party in Hartford, Wisconsin. Blodgett reportedly returned to the home she shared with her parents at around 1 am. When her mother checked on her the next day, she was dead.
Blodgett’s mother remembers hearing her daughter return home after the party. She and the rest of the cast were celebrating their performance of Fiddler on the Roof. Blodgett played the part of the Fiddler.
As reported by Fox 6 News, Blodgett’s mother went into her daughter’s room at around 8 am to return some laundry. She states that her daughter was alone in the room and appeared to be sleeping.
Her mother went to work, returning home around noon. When she checked in on her daughter, she realized she was dead.
A ligature mark was found on Jessie Blodgett’s neck. However, nothing was found that could have caused the mark.
As reported by CBS News, authorities are checking Blodgett’s computer, phone, and social media profiles, for clues about what may have happened.
The medical examiner reports that the cause of death may not be determined for over a month. They are currently awaiting results from a toxicology test.
Jessie Blodgett was a student at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She was a talented performer and an aspiring actress. In her spare time, Blodgett gave voice, piano, and violin lessons.
Blodgett’s theater director Jerry Becker describes her as a “young and vibrant and wonderful, talented young lady.” He states that the cast party was “very relaxed, happy, loving group of people, who had a fabulous time.”
As reported by the Huffington Post, a 46-year-old man, was questioned but was not formally named as a suspect. Jessie was reportedly seen sitting on the man’s lap during the casting party.
The man, who was not identified, admitted that his behavior was inappropriate. However, he denies any involvement in Jessie Blodgett’s death. Police have issued a warrant for his cell phone and internet records.
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