EDMUNDSON, Mo. (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Police investigating the death of a woman due to complications from illegal buttocks injections at a suburban St. Louis hotel room are trying to determine if her demise can be linked to a similar fatal case months ago in Texas.READ MORE: Russ Martin, Longtime North Texas Radio Personality, Found Dead At Frisco Home
Miklos Hurocy, police chief of tiny Edmundson abutting Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, said officers probing Daysha Phillips’ death last week are awaiting a medical examiner’s report to identify the substance that was injected into the 22-year-old Florissant woman.
That report could come within three weeks.
Phillips had trouble breathing after the procedure July 26 and was rushed by relatives to a hospital. Her condition rapidly declined, and she was taken off life support July 30.
Three other women were with her during the injections, Hurocy said. Investigators have not identified two women, both potential suspects, in the Missouri death, the chief said.
In Dallas, Wykesha Reid, 34, died in February from what authorities said was pulmonary silicone embolization, associated with cosmetic silicone injections. Among other things done to Reid during the procedure, authorities say her injection areas were sealed with Super Glue. Two salon workers, Denise “Wee Wee” Ross and Jimmy “Alicia” Clarke, have been charged with murder, but at least one of them was free on bond when the Missouri case surfaced.READ MORE: Dallas County Reports 570 New COVID-19 Cases, 10 Deaths Saturday
“I’m feeling it is one and the same,” Hurocy told a North Texas newspaper this week of the Dallas and Edmunson cases. “That’s pretty much what we’re thinking.”
Dallas police Maj. Jeff Cotner said Edmundson authorities have contacted his department’s detectives, given the “similarities between the cases.” He said Dallas investigators are assisting Edmunson police.
The Associated Press left a message Thursday seeking comment from Hurocy.
Deaths from illegal buttocks injections have been cropping up across the country.
North Carolina authorities charged Vinnie Taylor with second-degree murder in January in connection with the buttocks injection death of a woman who died in March 2014. Prosecutors allege he injected seven women with silicone between September 2013 and September 2014.
In June, a former Philadelphia madam who performed illegal “body sculpting” was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison in the death of a dancer whose heart stopped after nearly half a gallon of silicone was injected into her buttocks. Padge-Victoria Windslowe told jurors at her murder trial that clients called her “the Michelangelo of buttocks injections.”MORE NEWS: Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler Dies At 82
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