Woman dies after ‘locking herself out of hotel room and trying to break in’

A "free-spirited" woman on holiday in Florida died after losing her hotel room key and trying to climb through a window, police have said.

Maryland classroom assistant Sydney Therriault was staying at the secluded Pelican RV Resort & Marina in Marathon, Florida and had apparently misplaced the key to her room, according to a statement from Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

In an attempt to get back into the room "she became stuck and asphyxiated," the statement explains.

Both the Sheriff's Office and Marathon Fire Rescue were called to the scene just before 7:30 a.m on Thursday, March 18 where they pronounced the 22-year-old from Beallsville Maryland dead at the scene.

An autopsy is pending, the Sheriff's Office says, but "no foul play" is suspected at this time.

Megan Harney, a close friend of Sydney said the dead woman had been a "selfless, free-spirited soul".

She wrote on Facebook: "Sydney you will be missed by so many here but you will be welcomed by many up there.

"Your free spirit to travel and help people and to see the world on your own time has helped encourage me to go out and follow my own path," she added.

"You will never be forgotten since you touched so many. Rest easy beautiful."

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Butler Montessori, the private elementary school that Sydney had attended as a young child, and later worked at as a classroom assistant, posted its own tribute to the former pupil.

The school’s official Facebook page described Ms Therriault as someone who "brought joy to everyone who connected with her".

"There are many in our community who have felt the warmth of Sydney's smile and we will be processing our hurt and missing her for a long time," the tribute concluded.

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