RTD: Rockingham County Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson, in an update into the death investigation surrounding James Madison softball catcher Lauren Bernett, said in a statement Wednesday that the death is currently being classified as an apparent suicide.
An official report from the medical examiner’s office is pending, Hutcheson said.
JMU announced the passing of Bernett on Tuesday morning. The sophomore was a standout in the Dukes’ softball program. She was a vital piece in the team’s run to its first-ever Women’s College World Series as a freshman last season, and was having a breakout year at the plate this year.
Also, The JMU softball team's upcoming three game series against Delaware schedule for April 30 and May 1 at home has been cancelled as announced by the league this morning. This was in addition to the previously cancelled Wednesday doubleheader against Longwood.