Christy Giles, a 24-year-old model and aspiring actress, was found dead just outside of a Los Angeles hospital hours after she went out with friends and never came home, according to local reports.
While her cause of death has not been confirmed, her loved ones told reporters they suspect foul play.
Detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department’s west bureau homicide division told KTLA they’re investigating all leads, and said Wednesday they expect to know more about the 24-year-old untimely death “in the next 48 hours.”
Christy Giles’ Final Hours
According to Giles’ husband Jan Cilliers, she and two friends had gone out on Friday night and ended up at a “warehouse party” in downtown Los Angeles, where they met a group of men, who have not been publicly named.
Cilliers, who said he was out of town that night visiting his father in San Francisco, told reporters that after one of Giles’ friends left the party, she and 26-year-old Marcela Cabrales followed the men to an after-party in the Hollywood Hills.
“I’ve got all the messages that [Christy Giles] exchanged with anybody else that night, and she was texting Marcela, the girl that she was with, at 5:30 [a.m.] saying ‘let’s get out of here’ with the wide eye emoji,” her husband told ABC-7.
Cilliers said that that was the last message ever sent from his wife’s phone, according to what he found on iCloud.
Twelve hours later, Giles’ body was found dumped outside of Southern California Hospital in Culver City, about an hour from the party. Two hours after that, Marcela Cabrales was discovered unconscious at a different hospital, where she is still alive but in critical condition as of Tuesday.
Were Christy Giles and Marcela Cabrales Drugged?
According to Cilliers, his late wife’s friend tested positive for illicit drugs at the hospital.
“Marcela’s toxicology report came back, and I guess they found heroin in her system, which is nothing that either of those girls would ever do, not voluntarily,” he told ABC-7. Investigators found heroin in Giles’ system as well, her husband told reporters.
L.A. police told local outlets that a preliminary investigation showed that Giles may have experienced a “possible overdose which turned fatal,” but no cause of death has been officially determined. Police also said they are investigating the possibility of a sexual assault.
Jan Cilliers told reporters he believes that, at some point during the Hollywood Hills after party, Giles and Cabrales were drugged or otherwise incapacitated by the men they met at the warehouse party downtown.
Who Were the Men with Christy Giles?
While the names of the mysterious men who reportedly took Giles and Cabrales to the after party have not been reported, Cilliers said he knows who they are.
He told KTLA that he and a close friend of Giles’ have been receiving text messages from others, detailing their own bad experiences with the unidentified men.
“I don’t know if we’ll ever get closure unless there’s justice against these men,” the friend told reporters.
Cilliers also told ABC-7 that there is a video showing the men arriving at the hospital in a car without license plates, concealing their identities, and dumping Christy Giles’ body on the sidewalk. He did not say where he learned of the video, or if he has seen it, and police have not confirmed that it exists.
In a GoFundMe page set up by Cilliers and a woman named Carly Amos, the men who allegedly dropped Giles off at the hospital were described as wearing “all black, masked in bandanas.” The page also claims that the same men in the same vehicle were seen at the hospital where Cabrales was found.
Loved Ones Crushed by Sudden Loss
The 24-year-old’s unexpected death is a crushing loss for her husband and loved ones.
“People share these amazing videos that they have with her, and it just brings back her energy,” Jan Cilliers tearfully told reporters. “And I know I’ll never get to see her or kiss her or touch her again, and it’s just so heartbreaking.”
The GoFundMe page, established to assist with funeral costs and to fund a potential investigation, has raised about $86,000 of its $100,000 goal as of Wednesday.