Death of blind woman found lying under Halifax bridge accidental, review says

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HALIFAX - A review into the Halifax police investigation of a blind woman found lying beneath a bridge has reaffirmed the force's position that her death was accidental.

Quebec City police were asked in February to conduct the review after Holly Bartlett's family contacted the Halifax police chief to say they had concerns about the investigation.

Bartlett was discovered unconscious under the MacKay Bridge on March 27, 2010, and died in hospital the next day.

The Halifax police investigation at the time concluded the 31-year-old woman had become disoriented after leaving a taxi in the early morning hours and fell 10 metres off a concrete abutment.

While the Quebec City police review says Bartlett's death was accidental, it took issue with what it said was a lack of thorough investigative steps.

The Halifax police says it is concerned that the Quebec City police did not interview each officer involved in the file, but it is determining how to best implement the review's recommendations.

Geographic location: Halifax, Quebec City

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