Suspicious death under investigation

Suspected of being possible drug overdose

By Sam Wildow -

PIQUA — A suspicious death that occurred last weekend is currently under investigation.

Piqua police responded with a squad from the Piqua Fire Department to a call about a possible drug overdose on the 500 block of Harrison Street on March 18, at approximately 5:50 p.m. The victim was a 36-year-old woman who the squad spent approximately half an hour attempting to revive before she was pronounced dead, according to the Piqua Police Department.

The woman’s death is suspected of being the result of a possible drug overdose. Deputy Chief Jason Preston of the Piqua Police Department explained that there were pills and several pill bottles found at the scene that indicated that it was a possible drug overdose. It was unclear, though, what those pills were and if they were the pills the victim might have consumed.

There was also no indication that this death was a suicide.

The Miami County Coroner’s Office will conduct an autopsy on the victim. The case will remain open until the police department receives the results of the autopsy.

In the past month, there have been approximately 10-12 possible drug overdoses in Piqua. The subjects in those cases were administered Narcan and transported to the Upper Valley Medical Center (UVMC) for treatment.

Recent possible drug overdose incidents this week include:

• Officers responded to an assist squad complaint on Garfield Avenue on March 19, at 2:20 a.m. Caller advised that a male subject was unresponsive and not breathing. Officers spoke with family members as the squad worked on the subject. He became responsive after several Narcan doses. He was found to have an active warrant. He was placed into custody and transported to UVMC.

• There was a report of a possible overdose on South Sunset Drive on March 20, at approximately 6:50 p.m. Once on scene, the male subject admitted to snorting one capsule of heroin. The subject was transported to the hospital by squad after receiving two doses of Narcan. No evidence was able to be collected at the scene.

• There was a report of a possible overdose on West Water Street on March 21, at approximately 4:50 p.m. A female subject reportedly overdosed on heroin.
Suspected of being possible drug overdose

By Sam Wildow

Reach Sam Wildow at or (937) 451-3336

Reach Sam Wildow at or (937) 451-3336