Final Report: UofL cheerleader found dead was in football player's apartment
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A University of Louisville cheerleader was in a football player's apartment when she died of a drug overdose this summer.
Metro Police on Tuesday released their final report into Dani Cogswell's July death, detailing what happened the night she went to sleep and never woke up July 28.
A male friend told police that he and Cogswell rented "The Purge" movie and watched it at his unit at the Cardinal Towne Apartments near the UofL campus, according to the police report obtained by WAVE 3 News through an open records request.
Cogswell fell asleep during the movie, and the friend told police that he left the bedroom and returned the next morning at 9 a.m. to find her lifeless and face-down in his bed.
The friend identified himself to police as a freshman on the UofL football team. All references to him in the police report were blacked out except one, which referred to him as "Polk."
The only Polk on the football roster at the time was Cameron Polk, a star wide receiver who was kicked off the team in October after police cited him for trafficking drugs near a school. Polk has not been charged in the Cogswell case.
A police source confirmed to WAVE 3 News that Cogswell died in Polk's apartment.
The report indicates that the student identified as Polk panicked after finding Cogswell dead and told his roommate to call 911.
A witness in the police report said he saw Cogswell earlier that night and said "she seemed slow." That witness said Cogswell told him she had just taken a Xanax and he assumed she was high from the drug, according to the police document.
Police said in their final report that detectives had talked with Cogswell's sister, who said Cogswell had a drug problem that started two years earlier, she knew Cogswell smoked heroin as recently as two weeks prior, and said she often took Xanax.
Rocco Gasparro, a spokesman for UofL's athletic department, called it a "police department matter" and declined further comment. Polk, reached through his Facebook account, referred WAVE 3 News to the police report and also declined to comment further.
Polk, a three-star wide receiver recruit from Fishers, Ind., is no longer a student at the university, UofL spokesman Mark Hebert said.
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