Mass student. died after falling from Cancun Airbnb balcony; boyfriend arrested, cleared of wrongdoing: reports

A woman from Massachusetts is mourned after she died in a fall from a Mexican Airbnb balcony. Authorities arrested her boyfriend before declaring the accidental death.

Leah “Lee” Pearse, a 20-year-old nursing assistant from Newburyport, Massachusetts, who was studying to become a nurse, slipped and fell from a third-floor balcony while trying to enter his Cancun Airbnb. The keys were locked inside after she and her boyfriend returned from a day at the beach, NBC 10 Boston reported.

According to her obituary, Pearse died instantly after falling from the balcony.

Pearse’s boyfriend, Augustine Aufderheide, 21, told authorities that he and Pearse had an argument before she attempted to climb onto the third-floor balcony, Southern Maryland News Net reported this week.

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Leah Pearse has died after falling from an Airbnb balcony in Cancun.
(Driscoll Funeral Home)

Fox News Digital confirmed that Aufderheide was initially arrested as part of the investigation, but multiple reports indicate he was later released and cleared of any wrongdoing by Mexican authorities.

“For the past two years, she’s been the happiest we’ve ever seen, living her independent college life in Boston, hanging out with her fabulous group of Simmons friends, and falling deeply in love with her amazing, ever-lovely boyfriend Bobby ( aka Gus or Augustine),” the obituary reads.

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Huachinango Street in Cancun, Mexico

Huachinango Street in Cancun, Mexico
(Google Maps)

Massachusetts General Hospitalwhere Pearse worked, provided a statement to Boston.com, calling it a “dynamic” part of the hospital’s transplant unit.

“His positive energy, creativity and thoughtfulness won the hearts of patients and staff at the MGH,” the statement read. “Our community will come together in the coming days to honor Leah’s memory.”

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Cancun, Mexico

“She was an exceptional person who encompassed the full range of human emotions with such depth and compassion for others that her presence was bright and shining to all who knew her,” her obituary read.

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Accidental death occurs months later three Americans were killed by suspected carbon monoxide poisoning while staying at an Airbnb location in Mexico City.

Airbnb did not immediately respond to a Fox News Digital request for comment.

Fox News’ David Unsworth contributed to this report

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