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Sylvie Cachay Death: Autopsy Inconclusive, Says Medical Examiner

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NEW YORK (CBS/WCBS) Detectives say that the autopsy of Sylvie Cachay, the fashion designer whose body was found in an upscale New York City Hotel, was inconclusive.

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Now, a tissue and toxicology test will have to be completed to help determine a cause of death, Jay Dow reports for CBS station WCBS.

Police also said Nicholas Brooks, Cachay's apparent ex-boyfriend, agreed to speak with detectives at the 6th Precinct Stationhouse about the mysterious death of his girlfriend, Sylvie Cachay. That was more than 24-hours ago.

After hours of questioning, sources told WCBS Brooks hired a lawyer Friday, who told police if his client isn't charged with a crime, he should be allowed to leave.

Police refused to release Brooks, citing an ongoing investigation.

Cachay, who founded the SYLA swimsuit line, was found dead at around 3 a.m. Thursday inside the upscale SoHo House hotel and private club, the circumstances indicating possible foul play.

Police said Cachay had redness on her neck and collarbone, and her body was floating face up in an overflowing bathtub inside room 20.

Cachay's parents told the Daily News their daughter recently broke up with Brooks. In fact, one of Cachay's neighbors told WCBS after a fire broke out in the fashion designer's Grennwich village apartment Wednesday, she heard the couple arguing.

That was just hours before Cachay and Brooks left for the SoHo House where she had a membership.

"It sounded like somebody attacked her," Judy, her neighbor, said. "I heard her talking very softly, and it sounded like she was almost whining or moaning."

Nicholas Brooks, 24, is the son of Academy Award-winning songwriter Joseph Brooks. He penned the 1970s ballad "You Light Up My Life" and was arrested last year.

Joseph Brooks is currently out on bail, charged with sexually-assaulting 11 women whom he allegedly lured to his apartment.

The younger Brooks has not been criminally charged in the death of his girlfriend.


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