Police: two dead from overdoses over the weekend

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Officials say there were several drug overdoses in Cape May County over the weekend, including two fatalities.

From May 17 until May 19, police in Wildwood and Lower Township investigated several overdoses, according to an announcement from Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor, Wildwood Police Chief Steven Long and Lower Township Chief Brian Marker.

A Wildwood teen and a 54-year-old woman from Rio Grande are dead, and officials believe drugs may be to blame.

On May 17, the Wildwood Police Department along with the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit began an investigation into the death of a 19 year old woman. The woman, described as a Wildwood local, was found dead in a rooming house located in Wildwood. According to officials, there are indications that her death may have been the result of a drug overdose. An autopsy is scheduled and the investigation continues.

On May 19, the Lower Township Police Department Detective Division and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit started an investigation into the death of a 54-year-old woman from the Rio Grande section of Middle Township. From this investigation it was revealed the death may have been related to a possible heroin overdose, according to police. An autopsy is pending and the investigation continues. 

The names of the two women were not immediately released.

Also over the weekend, on  May 18, the Wildwood Police Department was alerted to a medical emergency for a 58-year-old man in Wildwood. The man was transported to Cape Regional Medical Center for treatment. Investigation of this incident by the Wildwood Police Detective Unit revealed that just prior to this medical episode the man, a resident of Cape May, had purchased and ingested an amount of heroin.

“The investigations into these drug related crimes are on-going and any information concerning these deaths from the public is greatly appreciated,” reads a statement from the prosecutor. “The prosecutor’s office along with local municipalities throughout the county are aggressively investigating the large influx of drug related overdoses specifically heroin within Cape May County.”

Any information regarding these investigations or any drug activity throughout Cape May County the public is asked to call the Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1135 or to their respective police department, officials say. 

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