Fortuna Police Seek Public’s Help With Determining Where and When Deceased Serbian Woman Spent Her Last Hours
Eberhardt and Detective Ryan Richardson who is in charge of the case said that their department received a call from a Fortuna resident in the 900 block of Riverwalk Road about 6:50 a.m. According to Richardson, “The resident of the home said she had gotten herself onto the porch of the home.”
Fortuna Police say that the resident said Solaja was intoxicated. When Fortuna Police arrived, Eberhardt said Solaja was inside the residence but that the Bulgarian resident said she didn’t live there. “We don’t know if she got dropped off there and if she walked there,” he explained.
The young woman was taken to the hospital where she later died. She never regained consciousness enough to talk to anyone, say Fortuna Police.
Lt. Eberhardt said, “The autopsy has been performed. We are awaiting the toxicology results…We asked them to screen for everything they could.” The results, however, could take awhile he said.
Solaja, Detective Richardson said, was believed to have come to this area from Miami the weekend before her Wednesday death. He asks that friends or associates that are able to share her plans and activities reach out to law enforcement.
According to Serbian journalist, Milos Stanic,
Dragana is from a village of Cenej. It’s located next to the second largest city in Serbia, City of Novi Sad… She was attending Tourism and hotel studies at University of Novi Sad. It’s important to know that thing with schools are different here. State universities like the one in Novi Sad are good ones, and private schools are the ones that anyone can pay and get a degree easier with less studying, so she was in a good school. Friends mostly said, and from what we saw on social media, that she did not [use] drugs, and she was not a heavy drinker (like most of young people would drink when go out to a club or so).
She is the youngest of three sister, and she has a normal family. Her father owns some kind of shop in Cenej. One of the reasons why people started the fund raiser would be that transporting the body to Serbia can be very expensive and people here, even that they have enough money for living here, can’t afford it.
As much as we know this is her second trip to the States. She came to Miami in summer 2015 and she worked there during the summer. After that, she came back to Serbia, because program for students visa only allows students to stay up to five months (It called J1 visa and the program is called Work and Travel). She enrolled in program in summer 2016 but she did not came back, probably overstayed her visa, which is not a big problem for American authority if you pay taxes and don’t cause trouble. Dragana stayed in Miami again, and as much as we’ve hear was working for a trucking company as a dispatcher. Nobody yet knows how she came to Fortuna, when she was living and working in Miami…
If anyone has information on Dragana Solaja’s whereabouts on April 11 or even on her activities since she arrived in Fortuna, please contact the Fortuna Police at (707) 725-7550 and ask for Detective Ryan Richardson. She was wearing jeans and a black jacket when she was found.
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