Published August 28, 2012
NEW YORK – Police are investigating the death of a New York City woman found bleeding from her neck in the stairwell of an apartment building.
Carlisle Brigham, 29, the daughter of a former city budget director, was discovered around 11 a.m. Monday by a tenant of the walk-up on Orchard Street in Manhattan.
The New York Post reported that the woman was dressed in white and wore “really high heels,” according to a resident inside the building.
Due to the amount of blood around her neck, investigators initially theorized that she was slashed, but it appears that it was an accident, the paper reported.
She possibly tripped on her high heels after a night of drinking with college friends, the Post reported. She reportedly shattered her chin on a step. An autopsy is pending.
One of the residents performed CPR on the woman, but was unable to revive her.
"Her body was actually quite cold," Mizanur Rahman, 19, told the paper. "The whole floor was just blood."
She was married last year, but the two were separated. She was visiting someone in the building. Her estranged husband was in the United Kingdom and could not be reached for comment.
Former Mayor Ed Koch, for whom her father worked as budget director, said her shattered father called him yesterday afternoon, The Post reported
"He was sobbing," Koch said. "He told me that she had died and that it was apparently a fall . . . a freak accident.
"Wonderful young woman," the ex-mayor said of the daughter, whom he knew.