The Auburn Police Department is waiting for the results of a toxicology report to shed light on what caused the death of a 25-year-old Auburn woman.

In a statement released Thursday, police said that although the Onondaga County Medical Examiner's Office conducted an autopsy on Jessica N. Gentile, of 4 Tuxill Square, the cause of the young woman's death remains unknown.

At 9:26 a.m. Wednesday, police rushed to 14 Frances St. — a home listed under real property records as being owned by Jill Malenick, an APD records employee — after a caller reported finding Gentile unresponsive. Emergency responders attempted to resuscitate Gentile both at the Auburn residence and at Auburn Community Hospital, but could not revive her.

The APD said investigators are treating Gentile's death as suspicious because of the woman's age and the circumstances under which she was found, but provided no further details.

As police wait for the results of the toxicology tests, the APD said the investigation remains open and ongoing. The New York State Police and Cayuga County Sheriff's Office are assisting in the investigation, and detectives are conducting interviews.

According to an obituary submitted Thursday, Gentile graduated from Auburn High School in 2005. She attended Cayuga Community College and graduated from SUNY Cortland, where she earned her bachelor's degree in communications and graduated summa cum laude.

Anyone with information regarding Gentile's death is asked to call Capt. David Delfavero at 255-4705 or detective Bryant Bergenstock at 258-9880.

Staff writer Samantha House can be reached at 282-2282 or samantha.house@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter at Citizen_House.

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