Jeffrey Trent

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Friends of a Charlotte attorney say they are asking the U.S. State Department for help in determining what caused the death of Jeffrey Trent earlier this week in the Caribbean.

Trent, a partner in the local law firm FrickTrent, PLLC, was found dead Sunday or Monday in the Turks & Caicos Islands, where he was vacationing.

In a statement issued Thursday, Tracy Frick, the other partner in the firm, said friends "are still unclear of the exact details of this tragic event."

Frick added, "We have been unable to obtain any details from the local authorities in the Turks & Caicos, but we are hoping that the State Department will intervene and come to our assistance to answer the critical questions of the circumstances."

A police department employee who answered the phone Friday morning on Grand Turk Island said he had no information about Trent's death. The island chain's police department Facebook page had no news about the death or an investigation.

Trent was a Virginia native who received a bachelors degree from Lynchburg (Va.)

College and his law degree from Wake Forest University. He worked in the investment industry before entering law and was a senior attorney in the North Carolina office of Trey Inman & Associates, before launching his own firm.

Frick said Trent enjoyed travel.

"Jeff was doing what he loved most -- vacationing and experiencing new places and cultures around the world," she said.

FrickTrent PLLC is based in Charlotte but has offices in Fort Mill and Rock Hill.
Published in Charlotte Observer on July 27, 2012
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