The Madison County coroner is investigating three overnight deaths linked to heroin in Collinsville, Roxana and Granite City.
Madison County Coroner Steve Nonn said in a press release the body of Katie L. Heavey, 29, of Collinsville, was discovered by her father at her home in the 100 block of Skyline View Drive. Intravenous drug paraphernalia was found at the scene.
Heavey was pronounced dead at 9:45 p.m. An autopsy revealed she did not die of violence or trauma. Further microscopic testing and toxicological testing will be performed, and the case remains under investigation by the Collinsville Police Department and the coroner’s office.
The press release also stated Dearold Oseland, 38, of Roxana, died at his residence in the 200 block of Elm Street with drug paraphernalia present. Oseland's girlfriend found his body.
Oseland was pronounced dead at 1:40 a.m. The press release said an autopsy was conducted and found inconclusive with toxicological studies pending at this time.
Oseland’s death investigation will continue with the Roxana Police Department and the coroner’s office.
Paul Simpson, 40, of Granite City, was pronounced dead at his home in the 2500 block of Grand Avenue at 2:49 a.m. Simpson had a reported history of drug abuse and evidence of drug usage was found on scene, the press release said.
His autopsy failed to reveal any definitive cause of death but toxicology testing for drugs and alcohol will be performed.
Granite City Police and the coroner’s office are still investigating the case.