Local Track Runner Found Dead in Florida

Jasmine Crenshaw was last seen swimming in a lake near a Florida resort

Monday, Mar 21, 2011  |  Updated 4:18 PM CDT
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College Runner Drowns in Florida Lake

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A college track runner originally from Chicago was found drowned in a lake near a Florida resort, officials from Lake County Sheriff's Department said.

Jasmine Crenshaw, 22, a student at Central State University in Ohio, was in Florida with the men's and women's track teams. They competed at the University of South Florida/Tampa on Friday and at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on Saturday. The preliminary findings of the autopsy Monday revealed that there were no signs of trauma, and the death was ruled as an accidental drowning.  

Crenshaw was last seen swimming in the lake near Summer Bay Resort, the Associated Press reports. Police said she was found Sunday morning wearing a swimsuit and goggles.

The former track athlete from Hyde Park Academy transferred to Central State from Lewis University in Illinois and was a Junior majoring in criminal justice, according to the school's website. She planned to graduate in May 2012. 

University President John W. Garland traveled to Orlando to meet with the school's track teams.

"The campus community extends its heartfelt condolences to the family of Jasmine Crenshaw," Garland said in a statement. "This bright, intelligent student was full of life and taken from us much too soon."

Central State University students are on spring break. The school will hold a memorial service at 7 p.m. Monday.

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