Wisconsin Girl Dies Of Heroin Overdose In Oak Park

OAK PARK, Ill. (STMW) – A 17-year-old Wisconsin girl who’d connected via the Internet with an Oak Park man offering a place to stay was found dead of an apparent heroin overdose early Tuesday.

Oak Park police are still investigating if foul play was involved.

Police and paramedics responded to a call at 5:17 a.m. of a young female unconscious and not breathing in the 800 block of Lake St.

Emergency responders were called to the building at 5:17 a.m., where they found her unconscious and unresponsive in a third floor hallway of the building. She was transported to Rush Oak Park Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 5:40 a.m.

Oak Park Police Detective Cmdr. Ladon Reynolds said the girl had been traveling throughout the country for about three weeks and was headed home to Sheboygan when she stopped in Chicago. She arrived by Greyhound bus downtown about 8:30 p.m., where she was picked up by a 22-year-old man she’d contacted via the Internet.

The man, who called police was questioned and released, though Reynolds said they are still investigating the circumstances of the death. At the time of the police response, a dispatcher cautioned arriving officers that “the caller is not being very cooperative.”

Reynolds said the man had been removed from his apartment in September, but had managed to reenter it without authorization.

Reynolds said police are still investigating whether the man provided the girl with heroin. He said there was not indication she had brought any drugs with her in her belongings.

“It appeared to be a heroin overdose,” he said. “We’re still investigation, pending a toxicology report.”

Friday morning Oak Park Chief of Police Rick Tanksley expressed disgust at the circumstances surrounding the girl’s death.

“She arrives here Monday night, and eight hours later she’s dead,” he said.

Tanksley also voiced frustration at the chronic problems associated with the building. Asked if police had contacted the buildings owners regarding the latest incident, he replied, “We will be.”

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  • Good Advice!

    People really need to learn to use their heroin in moderation!

  • Rose d

    You are a real loser! I guess it’s my fault my daughter died at age 30 — I didn’t teach her to use heroin in MODERATION!!!!!!!

    • luke

      well if the shoe fits. . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  • Roberta Waker

    Wonder what Good Advice isn’t using in moderation – maybe compassion, common sense, sympathy? He sounds like a very bitter, unhappy person to comment like that about a young woman’s tragic death. Our sympathy to the family of this young woman and I hope they find the person responsible.

    • Stitch Jones

      Roberta, When a junkie dies of a drug overdose, it is soley the fault of the junkie for using drugs. A drug dealer is NOT responsible for what a junkie does with the said product. Fellow junkies are also not responsible for the actions of anyone but themselves. Basically the only person responsible is the dead girl..

      • Jim Hamilton

        I couldn’t agree more Stitch. Not sayin it isn’t a trafedy for young people to die in this way but Nas-Car drivers die driving Nas-Cars, Pilots die in plane crashes, and so why is it so surprising when Junkies die of over dose?

  • Name

    Who is to say if this poor girl was a junkie? Nothing in this article would lead me to believe that she was. Other articles I have read about this case mention that the girl did not have a known history of drug use. Is it not possible that this was her first time using drugs or, at least, her first time using heroin? I believe it is entirely possible that the young man she met introduced her to it. Although it is not always the case, regular users usually know how much to take to avoid overdose. I don’t think anyone has a right to judge this young girl, nor jump to the conclusion that she must have been a junkie.

    • Jim Hamilton

      I don’t give a damn if it was her 15th time it takes a junky to even use a needle. Now you’re going to argue to me that heroin is the first drug she ever used unlawfully. Junk is junk I don’t give a damn if its pot, cocain, crack or heroin. So yeah

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