UPDATE – Autopsy Report Released; Cause and Manner of Death Determined

On Tuesday, April 28, Cold Case detectives with the Major Crimes Division obtained Natasha McKenna’s completed autopsy report from the Department of Health, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. 

As quoted from the Report of Autopsy regarding Natasha McKenna,

“Cause of Death: Excited delirium associated with physical restraint including use of conductive energy device, contributing: Schizophrenia and Bi-Polar Disorder”

“Manner of Death: Accident”

Detectives are still awaiting examination reports for the medical equipment that was utilized to monitor McKenna’s vital signs prior to paramedics responding to the Adult Detention Center. 

As is customary in all complex criminal investigations, forensic analysis of all potential evidence, though time intensive, is standard to ensuring all proper and fair conclusions are reached based on accurate and detailed facts.  This detailed and thorough investigation, once complete, including all evidence collected, including the recently received medical examiner’s report, any audio or video recordings, witness statements, and any other facts relevant to the case will be turned over to the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the County of Fairfax for final determination of criminal liability.

The Fairfax County Police Department’s Major Crimes Division is the investigative entity for criminal purposes only.

The Fairfax County Police Department will provide further updates within the next 30 days or as soon as additional information becomes available.   

To view the previous release, please click here.