A GMO activist from Key West, Fl. was found dead in the Cambria Hotel & Suites rooftop swimming pool on Tuesday morning. Mila de Mier, 45 years of age, was visiting Washington D.C. to deliver a petition containing more than 200,000 signatures and to speak to the EPA on behalf of those opposed to plans to release GMO mosquitoes in the state of Florida.
The death, which officials are declaring an “accidental” drowning, is highly suspicious as the temperature on the day of her death was in the mid-50s…weather hardly warm enough to swim in. Authorities were quick to call the death an unfortunate accident and determined there was no need for further investigation. However, this statement has been retracted and a death investigation is now underway to determine the circumstances surrounding the drowning.
Instead of pulling de Mier from the water and performing potential life-saving CPR, the witness who found her facedown in the pool called 911 and waited for first responders. De Mier was pronounced dead on the scene.
Mila was a well-respected and inspiring activist who, for years, fought against genetically modified foods, chemical agriculture, and GMO mosquitoes. In honor of Mila’s heroic activism and selfless humanitarianism, please click here to listen to her final interview. Our deepest condolences go out to all of her family and friends who loved her dearly and we offer our sincerest gratitude for Mila’s courageous activism in the battle for our health and the environment. Rest in peace, warrior.
The minute there is any more information to report, we will update this tragic story.