Homeless woman found dead behind Westport Senior Center
Updated 10:26 am, Friday, December 2, 2016
Wessel died as a result of natural causes, from upper gastrointestinal bleeding caused by ulcers that were a result of peptic ulcer disease, the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said Dec. 1.
Wessel, 63, was also suffering from pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis — blood clots in deep leg veins — due to venous stasis ulcer at the time of her death, according to the medical examiner’s office.
After the state medical examiner ruled her death was a result of natural causes, police closed their investigation, according to Lt. Jillian Cabana.
Police are working with Wessel’s attorney to contact her family.
Senior center staff found Wessel and called police around 2 p.m. on Nov. 29, Lt. David Farrell said.
“I give credit to the senior center and the Gillespie Center and the library staff, who have all spent a lot of time working with Tina and trying to help her out,” he said. “She would basically always politely decline. Just a very nice woman, and she lived life the way she wanted to.”
Farrell said he had sat in on meetings to discuss potential ways to help Wessel, adding many Westporters cared about Wessel and made every attempt to try to help her.
Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church of Westport is planning a funeral service for Wessel Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. The time was shifted slightly later than originally announced.