UPDATE: Lilllian woman dies in fall from Gulf Shores high-rise

BY JOHN MULLEN jmullen@gulfcoastnewspapers.com
Posted 8/16/13

GULF SHORES, Ala. - A woman from Lillian, 48-year-old Irene C. Trupp, fell to her death this morning from a condominium in Gulf Shores. Her death is being investigated as a suicide at this time, police say.

Police found a car at a condominium …

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UPDATE: Lilllian woman dies in fall from Gulf Shores high-rise

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GULF SHORES, Ala. - A woman from Lillian, 48-year-old Irene C. Trupp, fell to her death this morning from a condominium in Gulf Shores. Her death is being investigated as a suicide at this time, police say.

Police found a car at a condominium they believed was connected to the a fatal balcony fall, but did not say if this led to Trupp's identity.

Sgt. Jason Woodruff, a detective with the Gulf Shores Police Department, says officials went to a house connected to the car to try and locate the owner. Woodruff said that earlier reports on social media outlets that the victim was a 9-year-old girl are false.

"We've been door to door here," Woodruff said."We don't believe she was staying here. We are looking at a car to try and link her to it."

The victim fell from a balcony at Seawind Condominiums at 401 E. Beach Blvd.

The incident was reported to police about 9:15 this morning. Woodruff said police are still trying to confirm what floor the victim fell from but said "it appears to be a great distance." The Seawind is 20 stories high.

This is the third fatal fall this year and the fourth in 13 months. 

In an Aug. 2 incident, Ian Blanco of Lafayette fell from the fifth balcony at Tidwater Condominiums on Orange Beach.

On July 19, 18-year-old Challenge Talbot, of Thibodaux, La., was reportedly found face-down in the Turquoise Place Condominiums pool. Authorities said the teen fell 16 stories and died from “drowning and blunt force injuries.”

Last July, Caitlin Richoux, 24, of Galliano, La., died after falling from an eighth-story balcony at the Seaside Beach & Racquet Club.