The NYPD's initial autopsy on Sylvie Cachay, the swimwear designer found dead in a room at the Soho House yesterday, failed to turn up any conclusive cause of death, the Post reports. Another round of toxicology reports is on the way, but so far it looks like the marks reportedly found on her body have not yet pointed police in the direction of foul play. While they are holding Cachay's boyfriend, Nicholas Brooks, he has not yet been physically examined for evidence. This, however, is not something that Cachay's devastated parents are accepting. "There’s foul play here and I want justice applied," her father, Antonio, told the paper. "I feel that my daughter was murdered." He uses as evidence the fact that his daughter was found dead (wearing clothes) face up in the hotel suite's bathtub. "She was not the type of girl who would sit in the tub. She would take a shower and be on her way," he said, calling her a classic New Yorker, "always on the go." "Something really bad happened here," he said.
This is how the Post this morning pieced together the chain of events that night:
The Post reported that Cachay and Brooks arrived together at the Soho House at around 12:30 a.m. on Thursday. Sources said Cachay accused her beau of accidentally setting fire earlier in the night to her West 10th Street apartment by leaving lit candles behind her bed. "He's a stoner," she told the front-desk clerk, according to police. "He's always stoned. Who puts candles behind the bed?" Brooks told a hotel worker that during the apartment blaze, he came out of the bathroom to find Cachay's hair and the bed on fire, sources said. The couple put out the blaze, but wanted to stay somewhere else because of the smoky smell ...
She told the front-desk clerk that she was "really tired" and couldn't stay awake after downing Xanax. She was so drugged, the concierge had to help her to her room. As the clerk was leaving the room, she heard Cachay shouting at Brooks before going abruptly quiet. Video footage shows that Brooks went in and out of the room repeatedly in the hours that followed, but was inside from 1:45 a.m. to 2:16, at which time he left to have food and drinks with a pal, sources said.Five minutes before he left, the front desk received its first water complaint.
You'd think Law & Order: SVU would rip this story from the headlines, except I'm pretty sure I've already seen this awful episode.