RICE LAKE, Wis. -- Authorities in Barron County are investigating two separate drug-related deaths to determine whether or not they were related, according to a press release from the Rice Lake Police Department.

Press Release

On Thursday, September 30, 2021, at approximately 1:00 pm, the Rice Lake Police Department, Rice Lake Fire Department, and Marshfield Medical Center ambulance responded to a medical emergency in the City of Rice Lake on W Coleman St. Upon arrival, officers located an unresponsive 36-year-old female. Life-saving measures were immediately initiated by officers and paramedics but unfortunately were not successful. The initial investigation into the manner of her death revealed the victim likely died from a drug overdose.

On Friday, October 1, 2021, at approximately 2:00 pm, the Rice Lake Police Department was requested to assist the Wisconsin Department of Probation and Parole at an address on W Slocumb St. Officers and agents located a deceased 40-year-old male. The initial investigation into the manner of death revealed the victim likely died from a drug overdose.

The investigation into both of those deaths and the origin of the illegal narcotics is ongoing.

Officers are investigating whether or not the two deaths are related. Samples of the suspected narcotics from both incidents will be sent to the state crime lab for testing.

Autopsies for both individuals are pending, and no further information will be released at this time.


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