3 die of apparent heroin overdose in Madison County

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on February 15, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 17 at 1:44 PM

(KMOV.com) – Police are investigating after they say three people died of apparent heroin overdoses in Madison County over the past week.

According to the coroner, three people were discovered dead in their homes with evidence of drug use or paraphernalia.

Katie Heavey, 29, was found by her father at her home in the 100 block of Skyline View Drive in Collinsville on Thursday just before 9:30 p.m. Police said they found drug paraphernalia at the scene. An autopsy report did not reveal any indication of violence or trauma as the cause of death.

Roxana Police said Dearold Oseland, 38, was also discovered by his girlfriend at his home in the 200 block of Elm Street after midnight Friday. Drug paraphernalia was also found at the scene. His autopsy was inconclusive and toxicology tests were still pending.

Just before 3 a.m. Friday, Granite City Police said Paul Simpson, 40, was pronounced dead at his home in the 2500 block of Grand Avenue. Police evidence of drug use was found at the home of Simpson, who they say had a history of drug abuse.

All three cases are still under investigation. Police do not believe they are related.

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