Telegraph staff report
February 14, 2014
EDWARDSVILLE — Three people in separate towns in Madison County may died Thursday night and Friday morning of suspected heroin overdoses.
Madison County Coroner Stephen P. Nonn said his office is investigating the deaths, all of which were reported within 4.5 hours’ time in Roxana, Collinsville and Granite City, “in which heroin usage is suspected.”
The first death was reported at 9:21 p.m. Thursday, when Katie L. Heavey’s father discovered her body at her home in the 100 block of Skyline View Drive, Collinsville.
Coroner’s investigator Sakina T. Hall pronounced Heavey, 29, dead at her home, where Nonn said intravenous drug paraphernalia was found.
The Madison County Coroner’s Office performed an autopsy, which did not reveal any indication of violence or trauma, Nonn said. Further microscopic testing and toxicological testing will be performed, he said.
The case remains under investigation by the Collinsville Police Department and the Coroner’s Office. Heavey’s funeral arrangements are pending at Weber & Rodney Funeral Home in Edwardsville.
Three hours later, the girlfriend of Dearold W. Oseland, 38, of the 200 block of Elm Street in Roxana, found his body at 12:31 a.m. Friday. Hall pronounced Oseland dead at 1:40 a.m. in his apartment, where Nonn said there also was drug paraphernalia.
The Coroner’s office conducted an autopsy Friday, but Nonn said it was inconclusive. Toxicological studies are pending. The Roxana Police Department and the Coroner’s Office continue the death investigation, and funeral arrangements were incomplete Friday afternoon.
Someone reported the third death, of Paul J. Simpson, of the 2500 block of Grand Avenue in Granite City, just minutes later at 1:59 a.m. Friday.
Coroner’s investigator Diondra Horner responded to the call and subsequently pronounced Simpson dead at 2:49 a.m. Friday.
“Simpson had a reported history of drug abuse, and evidence of drug usage was found at the scene,” Nonn said. “The autopsy failed to reveal any definitive cause of death. Toxicology testing for drugs and alcohol will be performed.”
Granite City Police and the Coroner’s Office continue the death investigation, he said. Funeral arrangements were pending as of late Friday afternoon.