Former U.S. Swimming Champ Jamie Cail Found Dead, Investigation Looms

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Former swimming star Jamie Cail was found dead, and police have launched a criminal investigation.

Cail’s boyfriend found the 42-year-old unresponsive in their home in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The boyfriend, who has not been named, and a friend drove her to the Myrah Keating-Smith Community Health Center in Saint John.

“Once at the clinic, CPR was rendered and 911 was notified, however, the female succumbed to her ailment,” police said in a statement

The Criminal Investigation Bureau launched an investigation into Cail’s death after authorities were notified of a “dead on arrival” around 2:40 a.m..

Jamie Cail swims in the Womens 200 Butterfly during the Janet Evan Invitational on July 15, 1999. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Cail was a native of Claremont, N.H. As a teenager in 1997, Cail competed on the U.S. team at the Pan Pacific Championships. She won a gold medal as part of a relay race there.

Cail also won a silver medal at the 1998-1999 World Aquatics (formerly FINA) Swimming World Cup in Brazil. While attending the University of Maine, she competed on the Black Bears swim team during the 2000-2001 seasons.

While living in the Virgin Islands, she worked at a coffee shop.

“She was just a very beautiful person,” a friend told WMUR. “She had a huge heart. (Cail) was really loving and kind and well-loved and popular on the island, and everybody knows her.”

Other friends and former teammates posted their tributes on social media.

The investigation into her death is ongoing.

Written by Amber Harding

Amber is a Midwestern transplant living in Murfreesboro, TN. She spends most of her time taking pictures of her dog, explaining why real-life situations are exactly like "this one time on South Park," and being disappointed by the Tennessee Volunteers.

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