Sudden fatality shocker
Police uncertain over 22-year-old student's mysterious death

by Jennifer Pritchett
Northern News Services

NNSL (Apr 02/97) - A 22-year-old Yellowknife university student mysteriously collapsed and died in an Ottawa bar early Saturday morning.

Michelle Naomi Bisaro, daughter of public school board trustee Wendy Bisaro, will be remembered as a spirited young woman who was a dedicated writer.

"She was a very vocal and visible person," said Anne-Mieke Cameron, Bisaro's former high school English teacher.

"It is what I remember best, her zest for writing ... and for life."

Bisaro, who attends the University of Toronto, was dancing with friends from the University of Ottawa at 12:30 a.m. when she collapsed.

Ottawa-Carleton Regional Police Sgt. Michel Tessier said the bar staff did all they could to revive her, to no avail.

And while Bisaro was known to have minor food allergies and asthma, there are no indications they caused her death, Tessier said Monday.

"The autopsy has been completed, but the results are, at this time, incomplete."

Police are also analysing Bisaro's last drink. "She did have some drinks with fruit juice throughout the night," said Tessier.

Foul play isn't suspected, however, it may take up to two months to get toxicology results that show the actual cause of death.

Bisaro's parents, Wendy and Butch, have set up a Michelle Bisaro Trust Account at Yellowknife's Bank of Montreal branch.

They have asked that the fund be used for students pursuing creative writing at Sir John Franklin high school, from which Bisaro graduated in 1992.

"It will encourage students in the areas of journalism and creative writing -- the areas she was most interested in," said Cameron.

"Michelle was involved in drama, yearbook ... she was going to be a writer."

A memorial service will take place on Saturday at St. Patrick's Church at 1 p.m. The funeral service was held in Ottawa on Monday.