SOUTHEAST MISSOURI (KFVS) - Authorities are investigating three suspicious deaths related to recreational drug use in Mississippi and Cape Girardeau Counties.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control is working on a suspicious death case related to recreational drug use in Mississippi County.
According to Sergeant Clark Parrott with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, on Jan. 12, authorities received a call about a car on the side of the road. Around 6:53 p.m., a state trooper arrived on scene to find a car on the shoulder of Interstate 57, near mile marker 4 in Mississippi County, near the Bertrand exit.
The trooper saw two people inside the car that were unresponsive, with the doors to the car locked. The trooper was able to forcibly enter the car, and found that the two people inside the car did not have a pulse. The trooper called for back-up and gave Narcan to both of them. One of the people died at the scene. The other person was revived, and taken to an area hospital.
The Division of Drug and Crime Control is also assisting the Jackson Police Department with two suspicious deaths in Cape Girardeau County.
According to Jackson police, two people died in city limits that are believed to be related to recreational drug use. They said the deaths also happened on January 12.
The two people were identified as a man and a woman, both in their 20s. Police say one lived in Perryville and the other lived in Jackson.
According to police, they were at the same party in Jackson that most likely started on Saturday night and carried into Sunday morning.
They said it’s a criminal investigation and they’re working to find out where the drugs came from.
According to Cape Girardeau County deputy coroner Dennis Turner, they completed the autopsies and found nothing on “gross examination," so they will have to wait on toxicology and histology reports.
Police said on Tuesday, January 14 it would take three to four weeks for toxicology.
In the meantime, Lt. Alex Broch with the Jackson Police Department said they are comparing notes with other agencies and interviewing witnesses.