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suspected heroin user possibly dumped

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 16:50 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

A United Parcel Service driver thought she saw a man dumping trash but as she got closer found a suspected heroin user on the brink of death, perhaps, laying in the weeds.

It took 3 doses of the heroin antidote narcan before the woman opened her eyes, said Buddy Kasinger, one of the responding paramedics with LaPorte County Emergency Medical Service.

She was later released from LaPorte Hospital after treated for an overdose of opioids, said LaPorte County Sheriff John Boyd.

Opioids are in heroin and some other drugs like prescription pain killers.

Kasinger said the UPS worker Tuesday night was in the area of U.S 20 and Indiana 39 when noticing a man who she thought was dumping trash illegally a few hundred yards away along Old Buffalo Rd. in Springville.

The man was fleeing as the UPS worker got closer and discovered the victim about five feet off the pavement, Kasinger said.

Boyd said it appears the woman was left or abandoned there but whether she was dragged or stepped out of a vehicle was still not clear.

If not for the UPS driver, Kasinger said the woman likely would have died and could have laid out there for a considerable amount of time because the road is not heavily traveled.

He also said the weeds were tall enough that it would have been easy for a passing motorist not to notice her.

Boyd said numbers from the license plate on the fleeing vehicle led investigators to a person of interest, who was questioned.

No arrest was made but charges could be forthcoming depending on the outcome of the investigation, he said.

Detectives are looking to speak further to the patient, who was not fully coherent when first approached, to help piece together the chain of events leading up to her discovery.

''We don't know what happened,'' said Boyd, who revealed the LaPorte Metro Operations Unit, a team of drug investigators, is heading up the investigation.

The name of the overdose victim and where the individuals involved are from were not released.

Kasinger said she appeared to be in her late 20's or early 30's.
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