VENTURA, Calif. — Kelsey Dillon died the day earlier than her thirty first birthday.
Final week, the California Freeway Patrol recognized Dillon because the sufferer of a murder after discovering her physique on the morning of Sept. 24 close to a freeway offramp in Ventura.
As information unfold on-line about Dillon’s dying, a hyperlink resurfaced for a GoFundMe fundraiser apparently created by Dillon in June. Dillon, who was homeless, stated she aimed to lift $600 to get off the streets by renting a leisure automobile.
“Will not dwell life as a sufferer,” she wrote on the web page. “However have discovered it is okay to ask and at last obtain assist paying for someplace secure to dwell like an RV van.”
‘I wish to be off the streets and wherever secure’
Dillon shared the fundraiser to her personal Facebook page. The marketing campaign, nevertheless, failed to lift any cash previous to her dying.
The fundraising web page features a video Dillon recorded of herself. Within the video, which clocks in at 2 minutes and 46 seconds, Dillon explains how she wound up dwelling on the streets. The recording was posted to YouTube on June 30.
Dillon tells viewers she had lived in her automotive for 2 years however was compelled onto the streets round the start of 2021 after her automobile was totaled in a crash. She determined to ask for assist after a harrowing assault three days earlier – a rape, she stated – which left her in a ditch on the facet of the highway.
“I believe that is my final straw,” Dillon stated, at occasions wanting instantly into the digicam lens. “I wish to be off the streets and wherever secure.”
A good friend who was an actual property agent had provided to assist her purchase a home, she stated, however the upfront price of $150,000 was unattainably costly. One other good friend instructed a leisure automobile rental might be hers for $600 – though Dillion stated she did not also have a greenback on the time.
“Residing out of an RV van is my dream, truthfully, ‘trigger I might have someplace secure to be and a mattress to sleep in at night time,” she stated. “I might go and see every little thing.”
Dillon seems within the video seated in opposition to a white tile wall. The straps of a grey tank prime present over her skinny body. She speaks calmly, even when emotion at occasions clouds her expression.
For the reason that CHP confirmed Dillon’s dying was a murder, updates have been sparse. The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Workplace listed her reason for dying as pending as of Friday afternoon, and CHP officers declined to determine the obvious reason for dying.
“To guard the integrity of the investigation, I can not reply that query,” CHP Officer Steve Lutzke wrote in an electronic mail.
Lutzke stated the CHP was the lead company on the murder investigation as a result of Dillon’s physique was discovered on state property alongside the Freeway 33 exit close to Olive Avenue. He additionally confirmed investigators had been conscious of the video and GoFundMe marketing campaign and had been working to confirm their authenticity.
A member of the family of Dillon’s didn’t reply to a request for remark.
Almost half of homeless girls in LA have been victimized by violence
The violence Dillon confronted whereas she was homeless is way from unusual. According to a 2019 survey by the Downtown Women’s Center in Los Angeles, 44% of homeless girls in Los Angeles had been the sufferer of against the law, together with 27% who had been sexually assaulted, as Dillon stated she had been within the video.
Dillon additionally confronted authorized challenges whereas she was homeless and had a number of current arrests, in accordance with on-line jail and courtroom information. Her reserving data listed her job as a therapeutic massage therapist. Within the video, Dillon stated that had been her occupation for the previous 10 years earlier than she skilled well being points requiring surgical procedure on her backbone.
The investigation into Dillon’s dying stays ongoing by the CHP’s Ventura workplace. Anybody with details about the case can name Officer Steve Lutzke throughout weekday enterprise hours at (805) 662-2658. Calls exterior regular enterprise hours will be made to (805) 477-4174.
Info can be supplied anonymously by calling Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477 or visiting venturacountycrimestoppers.org.
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