Darwin, Queensland — — Police are investigating the death of a 15-year-old girl who reportedly committed suicide by jumping from a rooftop of a local housing estate.
The death is being investigated as a homicide, with the coroner’s office saying it was ruled a suicide.
The girl, identified only by her first name, Alyssa, was reportedly seen by a friend as she sat on a rooftop at the estate at around 6 p.m. local time Friday, where a group of youths were celebrating.
Police were called to the estate, located in the remote village of Tumula in the north of Queensland, about 8:45 p.meters from the town of Wodonga, to a report of a suicidal person, police said.
Alyssa reportedly jumped off the roof of the estate and was taken to a nearby hospital.
Police are still investigating her death.
“It’s understood she took her own life, as there was no evidence of foul play,” a police statement said.
The coroner’s spokeswoman told the ABC the investigation was being conducted by the Darwin Police Force’s homicide unit.
In a statement, the council of elders of the town said the girl was a member of the community and the council had been in contact with her family, and had offered her support.
The council said it had “regular contact” with the girl’s family, but would not comment further because of privacy concerns.
The council has launched an inquiry into the case and has set up a taskforce to investigate “how and why this tragedy occurred,” it said.
Local resident George Dickson said Alyssas death was “a tragedy and a crime.”
“She was a very young girl, a beautiful girl, she was a young girl with a very bright future,” he said.
“I’ve just been praying for her all these years, she’s going to be a great granddaughter.
I’m just hoping she’s OK.”
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