Ashley Tropez, who appeared on the A&E series Beyond Scared Straight, has died at the age of 24.
Deputies with the Victorville Police Department found Tropez’s body inside an abandoned house in Victorville, California on Aug. 26, according to a news release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department obtained by Urban Hollywood 411.
Deputies were responding to a report of a deceased person in the 16600 block of Victor Street. When they arrived, they found Ashley Tropez inside the house “suffering from traumatic injuries,” the news release said.
The case was then declared a homicide and the Sheriff’s Specialized Investigations Division-Homicide Detail assumed control of the investigation, according to the new release.
Investigators identified Alexis Call, 24, as a suspect in the case. The sheriff’s department said Call and Tropez knew each other and the two women “may have been squatting” at the residence on Victor Street.
Call was charged with murder after making an initial court appearance on Tuesday. She is scheduled to appear in court again on Monday for a separate possession of a stolen vehicle charge, according to local news station KTLA-TV.
Beyond Scared Straight centered on crime prevention programs across the nation aimed at keeping troubled teens out of jail. The series ran from 2011 to 2015 on A&E.
In an effort to guide the teens down a better path, the series had them “spend a day (and sometimes a night) in jail, interacting with convicted felons who give them first-hand experience of life behind bars,” according to the show’s official description.
Tropez was 17 when appeared on the Emmy-nominated reality show while it filmed in San Bernardino. She said she was admitted into the program for “fighting and selling weed.”
However, a year after she was featured on the series, Tropez said taking part in the crime deterrent program had little effect, according to The Sun.
“I’m still the same person,” Tropez said at the time. “I just be everywhere, from friends to family’s houses. Just chilling.”