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Police investigate potential overdose

Jan. 16, 2013 @ 10:57 PM

HUNTINGTON -- West Virginia State Police are investigating a potential drug overdose in connection with the death of a woman found early Wednesday at a motel near Huntington.

State Police Sgt. G.N. Losh said troopers responded to a call about 1:30 a.m. from the Days Inn motel. It is located in the 5100 block of U.S. 60 near its 29th Street interchange with Interstate 64.

Another woman in the motel room found the deceased in the unit's bathroom. Losh said the deceased had been in the bathroom with another man, who left to get cigarettes just moments before the discovery.

The surviving woman grew concerned when the man left without her friend exiting behind him, Losh said. Her friend was later pronounced dead at an area hospital.

Investigators suspect the woman died from a heroin overdose. Losh said that belief was based upon a statement from the friend saying the deceased had a history of heroin use.

The cause of death will not be confirmed until the state Medical Examiner's Office completes the necessary toxicology report. Meanwhile, Losh said troopers hope to locate the man who left the motel room.

Investigators did not find any sign of heroin at the motel. Losh said officers confiscated marijuana and other contraband, but nothing significant.

Troopers were following leads in their investigation, however no criminal charges had been filed as of Wednesday.

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