Lauren Hugelmaier Phelps’s sudden death has shocked almost everyone in her family and friends. She was very popular among the people who knew her and the large number of condolence messages her friends are sending amply prove her popularity.
While her death is shocking, equally shocking is the mode of her death. Her husband, 28-year old Matthew Phelps is said to have made a 911 call in the middle of the night this past Friday and telling the dispatcher that he thinks he has killed his wife with a knife.
The man, an apprising priest, told the dispatcher that he thinks he stabbed his wife, Lauren Hugelmaier Phelps, in their bed after taking too much cold medicine. Her full name is Lauren Ashley Nicole Phelps.
Matthew Phelps can be heard in the 911 call’s audio clip as saying, “I had a dream and then I turned on the lights and she’s dead on the floor…I can’t believe I did this…I can’t believe I did this”. He made the call at around 1:10 a.m. Friday.
The confused dispatcher who looked completely lost for words asked the 28-year old man as to what he thought he did, Phelps said, “I think I killed my…Oh my God. Oh God. She didn’t deserve this. Why?”
Later the man told the dispatcher he had no idea as what was the time when he woke up to find his wife. The dispatcher asks him if he is with “the patient,” and he responds “yeah, I can see here,” while seemingly beginning to get emotional.” The dispatcher then asks Phelps if she is awake and what makes him think she’s dead, and he responds, “she’s not breathing. Oh my God,” and begins to cry. The dispatcher then asks Phelps if his wife is beyond help and he replies, “I don’t know, I’m too scared to get close to her.”
He can also be heard as saying in the audio clip, “I took more medicine than I should have. … I took Coricidin cough and cold, because I know it can make you feel good. So, a lot of times I can’t sleep at night … I took some.”
She seemed to be very popular with her family and friends. One of her friends, Ryker Hampton, says,
I miss you a lot. I can’t seem to stop thinking about you. Doesn’t seem to really matter where I am or what I’m doing. When I got the call I just couldn’t believe it. I wanted it to be a bad joke. I still do. The past couple of days I’ve just spent in shock…You were my superstar volunteer. You showed up to every youth night and event ready to turn whatever dumb idea I had into reality. I’m thankful for that. I remember all the nights after youth where’d we’d just hangout and talk about life. I miss those nights.
“It’s seems particularly cruel that I’m missing your funeral today. You made all of my events and I can’t make yours…I’m continuing the mission. I’m with the comfort dogs in Houston right now. You’d have loved this ministry so much…I know today is supposed to be celebrating your life and saying goodbye but to be honest I don’t want to say goodbye. I want to text you and check up on life. I want to do another escape room again. I want to serve together again…I get to see you again one day and that’s keeping me going. You finished your race and you finished well. I promise I’ll do the same. And hopefully I’ll figure out a few more escape games along the way”.
Amelia Haynes, while writing on Lauren Hugelmaier’s Facebook page says:
My heart sank yesterday when I heard the passing of Lauren. I am in disbelief. She was one of the purest souls one could ever meet. Her kind heart and sweet nature are an extremely rare find. She was a great friend to anyone lucky enough to call her one. I remember many good times laughing and hanging out together in class. The many times Brittany, Lauren, and I would plastic wrap each other’s cars. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. Lauren, you will be missed by the many lives you touched and brightened.
The woman was born in Los Angeles and graduated from Swain County High School in North Carolina in 2007. She joined Appalachian State University and graduated in 2011 with a degree in business administration and management. She worked as an auditor at Quintiles, and “one of her passions was her personal business with Scentsy”.