American Airlines informed employees on Tuesday about the death of a 25 year veteran Los Angeles-based flight attendant who had been working a trip and laying over in Philadelphia.
Since news accounts aren’t mentioning her name, I won’t either.
The sixty six year old woman didn’t report for work. She was found dead in her room, with a sock in her mouth, at the Philadelphia Airport Marriott two days after she was supposed to check out.
- There was reportedly “”no signs of forced entry, no signs of a struggle, and no weapons were recovered…several sealed bottles of prescription drugs were found in the room.”
- Homicide is investigating what has been deemed a suspicious death.
This is chilling. The airline’s internal message to crew includes the woman’s photo. I don’t immediately recognize her, and don’t remember flying with her, though I certainly could have.
While some foreign layover cities are more inherently dangerous, you don’t think of working as a flight attendant on a domestic trip as being among the riskier jobs.
The mystery of it – lack of answers – makes things doubly hard for people a victim was close to. A good friend was killed shortly after I graduated college. I remember when the police came over to interview a group of us right after it happened. Fifteen years later everyone they knew that knew her was asked for DNA samples. Arrests were made on multiple occasions but the suspects were exonerated. It was another decade because the likely killer was found.
I hope this crewmember’s loved ones can find answers and peace soon.