A 22-year-old Boulder City woman, who was related to one of the main figures in building Hoover Dam, died last week.
Stephanie Crowe, great-great-niece of Six Companies General Superintendent Frank Crowe, died Sept. 24 at St. Rose de Lima Hospital in Henderson. She died days after she was admitted to Boulder City Hospital for what police say appeared to be a prescription drug overdose.
But as a matter of procedure, police are investigating the death as a homicide while they await the official cause of death from the Clark County coroner, Police Chief Bill Conger said. Police have conducted interviews, but no arrests have been made.
It could take six to eight weeks for a toxicology report to be completed and the cause of death to be released, according to the coroner.
“They have no idea (how she died),” Stephanie Crowe’s mother, Virginia Crowe, said. “I can’t even get a death certificate for six to eight weeks.”
Crowe was taken by Boulder City Fire Department from her home to Boulder City Hospital on Sept. 20, Conger said.
An account from Crowe’s boyfriend is that she got out of bed to change the channel on the television, and collapsed, Virginia Crowe said.
Upon arrival at Boulder City Hospital, she was unconscious and her body was bruised, Virginia Crowe said. After 10 hours at Boulder City Hospital, she was transferred to St. Rose de Lima.
With no indication she would recover, the decision was made to remove Stephanie Crowe from life support Sept. 23, Virginia Crowe said. She died at 8 p.m. Sept. 24.
Virginia Crowe said her daughter did not have a substance abuse problem, but Stephanie Crowe was prescribed pain medication by Boulder City Hospital on Sept. 18, after visiting the hospital with complaints of neck pain.
Stephanie Crowe grew up in Boulder City, where she attended school until partway through high school, when she began home schooling, her mother said.
A public memorial will be at 11 a.m. Oct. 12 at Christ Lutheran Church, 1401 Fifth St. Virginia Crowe said her daughter’s ashes will be scattered in the ocean at Morro Bay, Calif., where her uncle lives.
“That was her favorite place in the whole world,” Virginia Crowe said.