Lake County officials are trying to find relatives of a woman who died this week following a hunger strike begun at the county jail last month, the county coroner said.
Lyvita Gomes, 52, whose most recent address was in Vernon Hills but who was from India, died about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Vista Medical Center-East, said Lake County Coroner Artis Yancey. An autopsy showed she apparently died of malnutrition and she had no signs of trauma, Yancy said. There were no diseases detected that would have caused her death and preliminary toxicology tests showed no signs of drugs, he said.
Officials are trying to find relatives for Gomes, who had been hospitalized after beginning her hunger strike in mid-December.
Vernon Hills police arrest summaries show that Gomes was arrested Dec. 14 where she lived in the Homestead Studio Suites, 675 Woodlands Parkway in Vernon Hills, on a Lake County warrant for resisting arrest and was turned over to Lake County Jail authorities.
The Lake County News-Sun reported that there was an immigration hold for Gomes, and she went before an immigration judge after an initial arrest in October, then had a warrant sworn out for her arrest after she missed a court date.
A Lake County Sheriff's spokesman was not available for comment today.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun