Chesterton Tribune

Second death may be heroin OD

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Westville Police are investigating a second death believed to be connected to the fatal heroin overdose March 2 of a former Chesterton High School student.

Roger Muckway, 46, was found dead at 12:30 a.m. Saturday in his mobile home at 173 Birch Parkway in Westville.

Chief Deputy Al Borrego of the WPD told the Chesterton Tribune today that Muckway appears to have been dead about a week and that he died sometime March 2 of a heroin overdose “affiliated” with the overdose that same day of Shawn Rivera, 18, a resident of Jackson Township.

Rivera was transported to Porter Memorial Hospital at 5:08 a.m. March 2 by two men who left the emergency room without identifying themselves. He died around four hours later. CHS Principal Jan Bergeson told the Tribune last week that Rivera withdrew from CHS as a junior in June 2001.

The WPD has since learned the names of the two men who dropped Rivera at PMH and has determined that they transported him after he began convulsing on the floor, Borrego said. When exactly Muckway died is still unclear.

The WPD is not yet releasing the names of those two men.

Information developed by the WPD also indicates that several items of expensive jewelry as well as cash may be missing from Muckway’s mobile home, Borrego added.

The investigation is continuing, he said, and charges are pending.


Posted 3/11/2002