Jackpot winner's granddaughter found dead in West Virginia
December 21, 2004 3:58 AM
SCOTT DEPOT, W.Va.
An autopsy is planned for today on the body of 17-year-old Brandi Bragg, the granddaughter of record Powerball winner Jack Whittaker.
Bragg was found dead yesterday morning on the property of her boyfriend's father, more than two weeks after she disappeared.
The cause of death is under investigation. Authorities said there were no obvious signs of violence and the death isn't considered a homicide at this point.
State Police say Bragg's body was found a couple hundred feet from a house owned by Steve Crosier, whose son Brandon was Bragg's boyfriend.
Bragg was last seen alive by family members December Fourth. Her grandfather, a contractor who on Christmas 2002 won a nearly 315 (m) million dollar Powerball jackpot, reported her missing five days later.
A preliminary investigation indicates that Bragg may have died in the Crosiers' house and her body was later moved.
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The local paper here in Hardy County WV ran an article about the wife who said she wished they had never won that money. They have had nothing but trouble ever since. Just proves money doesn't solve all your problems.
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Teen found dead in Whittaker's house died of overdose
December 21, 2004 1:16 PM
The father of a teenager found dead in Powerball winner Jack Whittaker's house says his son died from an accidental drug overdose.
Jimmy Tribble says an autopsy report he received today shows his 18-year-old son had several types of drugs in his system, including oxycodone, cocaine and methadone.
Jesse Tribble's body was found September 16th in an upstairs bedroom of Whittaker's Putnam County house. Whittaker was not home at the time.
Jimmy Tribble says he saw a police report that says Whittaker's granddaughter, Brandi Bragg, took his son to Whittaker's house that evening. The father says his son died between nine and eleven o-clock that night.
Putnam County officials were not immediately available for comment.
Jimmy Tribble says although the death has been ruled an accident he intends to continue his investigation.
Bragg's body was found yesterday in a rural section of Putnam County. State Police say are awaiting the results of Bragg's autopsy report.
Death of jackpot winner's granddaughter still mystery
December 21, 2004 4:32 PM
State Police say they believe Jack Whittaker's granddaughter may have died on December Fifth, a day after she was last seen alive.
Brandi Bragg's body was found yesterday near a junked van a couple hundred feet from the house where her boyfriend, Brandon Crosier, lived with his father.
Trooper First Class S-E Wolfe says his investigation shows Brandi Bragg may have died in the house.
Wolfe says his investigation shows Brandon Crosier may have carried Bragg's body from the house to the van shortly after she died.
Bragg's death is being treated as a missing person case that ended in death.
Wolfe says her death is not looking like murder.
Police were awaiting the results of a toxicology report to determine the cause of death. The report is expected to take at least a week to finish.
Putnam County Prosecutor Mark Sorsaia says he will not discuss the autopsy report because of federal privacy laws regarding medical records.