Police have released no new details from an investigation into the death of 16-year-old Oxford resident Amelia Wakefield.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office, the lead agency investigating the case, has not released a cause or manner of death.
“We’re investigating it,” said Chenango County Sheriff Ernest Cutting Jr. He declined to verify whether the death was being investigated as suspicious or if a weapon was involved.
Wakefield was found dead in a Smithville residence Friday when state troopers, Chenango deputies and members of the Village of Greene Police Department responded to an incident on Water Street around 6:51 p.m. The victim was transported to Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton for an autopsy, according to a media release.
Wakefield was an 11th-grader at Oxford Academy and played for the school soccer and basketball teams, according to a statement from superintendent Shawn Bissetta.
“She was a valued part of our school community and will be remembered always,” Bissetta said in a Saturday letter addressed to the school community.
The district instituted a one-hour delay Monday to allow staff to prepare grief counseling services for students.
Calling hours will be held Thursday, May 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. at Behe Funeral Home, 21 Main St. Oxford, NY 13830. A funeral service will be held Friday, May 10 at 5 p.m. in the Oxford Academy Middle School auditorium, according to an obituary.
Donations to the family can be made at gofundme.com/f/amelia-wakefield-and-family. The campaign more than tripled its $1,000 goal by Monday evening.
Memorial contributions can be made payable to the OSAP Scholarship Fund with “Amelia’s memory” in the memo and mailed to P.O. Box 192 Oxford, NY 13830.
Sarah Eames, staff writer, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 607-441-7213. Follow her @DS_SarahE on Twitter.