The mother of a key witness against Ghislaine Maxwell is urging authorities to revisit the investigation into her daughter's sudden and tragic demise. Carolyn Andriano, a survivor of Jeffrey Epstein's sexual exploitation, played a pivotal role in the prosecution's case against Maxwell.
Andriano courageously testified in court, revealing Maxwell's involvement in scheduling what were euphemistically called 'massages' with Epstein, during which she was subjected to molestation on multiple occasions. Her testimony was instrumental in building the case against Maxwell.
Tragically, in May 2023, Andriano was found lifeless in a hotel room in West Palm Beach, Florida. Local authorities launched an investigation into her untimely passing, ultimately concluding that she had succumbed to an accidental overdose.
However, Andriano's mother is fervently advocating for a reexamination of the case. She told The Daily Beast that her daughter, prior to her death, seemed poised for a fresh start in life.
A mother of five at the age of 36, Andriano had recently acquired a new property with her husband, John Pitts. She enthusiastically shared with her mother her newfound freedom from substance abuse, signaling a promising turnaround.
Andriano's brother, who saw her shortly after her arrival in Florida, noted that she appeared happier than ever. Yet, within a few days, her health took a concerning turn.
Recounting his conversation with Pitts, the brother expressed his concern: "I said, 'If she's so sick, why don't you call an ambulance, bro? Do something. You gotta take her to the hospital.' He said, 'Oh, no, she's alright.'"
Subsequently, Groenert, Andriano's mother, received a heart-wrenching text from Pitts, bearing the devastating news: "I gotta call u back. Carolyn died last night."
Discussing the ongoing investigation, the concerned mother emphasized, "It shouldn't be closed. I begged them, I sent them numerous messages. I've asked for them to make meetings, contact me, and to no avail."
Upon arriving at the scene, law enforcement officers recorded a statement from Pitts, who disclosed that Andriano had been using drugs and that he had attempted to perform CPR.
The medical examiner's report revealed that Andriano's purse contained crack pipes, a small baggie with a powdery substance, and a needle cap.
Furthermore, the police discovered "six empty small plastic containers that, according to the husband, were methadone in syrup that they received from the methadone clinic" as stated in the report.
While Pitts has refrained from commenting on Groenert's assertions regarding her daughter's death, his sister Serena conveyed, "Right now our family is grieving the loss of Carolyn and prioritizing the care of her children. At this time we kindly appreciate space and privacy."
During her testimony at Maxwell's trial, Andriano asserted that she was 'allowed to do whatever [she] wanted because [her] mom was an alcoholic and a drug addict '.
However, Groenert, her mother, vehemently refutes this claim, stating that she was 'working' during the period Andriano referred to.
A retrieved toxicology report, as disclosed by The Daily Beast, unveils a troubling cocktail in Andriano's system at the time of her passing. It included methadone, fentanyl, and alprazolam, the generic name for Xanax.
Lewis Nelson, a professor and chair at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School's Department of Emergency Medicine and Director of the Division of Medical Toxicology, highlighted the peril of combining alprazolam and fentanyl, as both substances can suppress breathing.
With a steadfast belief that the truth remains concealed, Groenert declared, "Nobody's giving me any answers, and you know what? I'm over it. Because this is my daughter, and she deserves justice. She got to a point where she was turning her whole life around."
In the wake of Andriano's tragic demise, Groenert finds herself entangled in a legal dispute with Pitts over her daughter's will, which was executed prior to her marriage to him.
It's worth noting that Andriano had received substantial settlements, totaling millions of dollars, related to the Epstein case before her passing.