A murder investigation has been launched to look into the death of Andrea DelVesco, a 21-year-old UCLA student who was found dead just days before she was due to appear in court on drug charges. DelVesco was a member of UCLA’s Phi Beta Phi sorority, and was arrested back in June for possession of drugs, which included ecstasy, LSD, methamphetamine, and hallucinogenic mushrooms. She was charged with possession with intent to sell.
DelVesco’s body was found inside a burning apartment in Westwood, California. It is believed that someone purposefully set the fire.
Members of DelVesco’s sorority were called on by authorities to help identify her body. Although the coroner has not yet released her an official cause of death, the case is being treated like a homicide. Autopsy results should be available before the end of the week.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck told the LA Times that a “person of interest” was seeing fleeing the premises of the fire, calling the investigation “very, very preliminary at this point.”
At the time of her death DelVesco was out on bail, but was due to appear in court appearance today in relation to her drug case.
The 21-year-old girl was in her fourth year at UCLA, and was described by Pi Beta Phi chapter president Jacquie Medeiros as a “contagious spirit and fearless giver.”
Investigators are asking anyone with information to step forward.