Jasmine Joseph, a missing 22-year-old former nursing student, was found dead in Long Island this week of an apparent suicide. Joseph, of Syosset, N.Y., had been reported late last month as missing. Her family said the last communication from her was on Feb. 24, when she reportedly called her mom to say she was studying at the library of the New York Institute of Technology.
According to longisland.news12.com on March 11, "Joseph’s Nissan Altima and her body were located in Syosset Plaza off of Jericho Turnpike at around 1 a.m."
Various claims that Joseph made to her family have proven to be lies, raising the question as to what the 22-year-old was involved in that led to her eventual suicide.
School records from the New York Institute of Technology show that Joseph had not attended classes at the college in nearly a year – since May 2013.
“We were in complete shock,” Joseph’s cousin Tessa James said. “She never showed a sign that she wasn’t going to school. That’s why this is such a mystery.”
Jasmine’s mom, Lovely Joseph, a hospital nurse, said her daughter was doing well in her college pursuits – even showing the family her semester report cards – and that she never pressured her daughter to follow in her career path.
But Jasmine reportedly began covering up the fact she dropped out, her family now realizes.
“She always shows me in the computer,” Lovely Joseph said of her daughter’s grades. “But this time, she didn’t show it to me. She told me the computer was down or something was wrong. So we told her to print it from the college.”
Lovely added that Jasmine stopped bringing home any textbooks, but said Jasmine told her she was studying online.
Instigators say cell phone records show Joseph called her mom the night of Feb. 24 from a gym.
Her body was found at 1 a.m. Tuesday on the floor in the backseat of her vehicle. Nassau County police said it appeared Joseph had killed herself by asphyxiation, inhaling a “noxious substance.”
"She was somewhat deceptive in her personal life, which made the investigation more difficult," Inspector Kenneth Lack of the Nassau County Police Department said at a press conference this week.