Chesterton woman was found dead in her home on Thursday of an apparent drug
overdose, Chesterton Police said.
police, at 5:50 a.m. officers were dispatched to a residence in the 400
block of 17th Street, after the woman’s stepfather found her on a sofa in
the basement. She was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said that
the woman had a history of heroin addiction and had voluntarily enrolled in
an inpatient addiction treatment program last fall in Oregon but then signed
herself out after two weeks because, as her stepfather recalled, “she could
not get any heroin out there.”
Recovered at the
scene were numerous items of paraphernalia, police said, including a syringe
and spoon, needles, and a pop can with burn mark. Also recovered, police
said: a tin containing an undetermined white powder.
Porter County Chuck
Harris told the Chesterton Tribune today that there was no trauma to
the body and that an autopsy will not be conducted. The results of a
toxicological screen are pending. Harris added that prescription medications
were also found at the scene.