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Heroin overdose cause of Jane Street deaths

April 1, 2013

More than two months after police found two people dead in a home on Jane Street, toxicology results from the Macomb County Medical Examiner’s Office revealed the cause to be a heroin overdose.

St. Clair Shores Police Lt. David Centala said March 28 that Macomb County Medical Examiner Dr. Daniel Spitz ruled the “cause of death as heroin overdoses for both.”

Officers were called to the home in the 28000 block of Jane around 12:30 p.m. Jan. 15 to check on the welfare of a resident. When they arrived, officers saw two unresponsive people through the window of the home. They immediately forced entry into the house and found the woman who lived there, and a man, on the floor of the living room.

The pair was identified as 37-year-old Rebecca Brown, of St. Clair Shores, the owner of a Farmer’s Insurance agency on Harper Avenue, and 26-year-old David Casares of Grosse Pointe Park.

Detective Dennis Kozikowski said the heroin intoxication was ruled accidental. No narcotic paraphernalia was located at the scene. He said the case has now been closed.

Police were “waiting till we had the ME’s report, the results and everything,” Kozikowski said. “Reviewed everything in the case file … see if there was anything else we could do. With what we have at this time, basically, we’re at a standstill.”

He said Brown was well-known in the community and had done a lot for the St. Clair Shores area.

“She was well-liked, I know that,” said Centala.

He and Kozikowski noted that the medical report did not find “extremely high” amounts of the drug in the pair’s system.

About the author

Staff Writer Kristyne E. Demske covers St. Clair Shores and the Lake Shore, Lakeview and South Lake public schools for the Sentinel. Kristyne has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2004 and attended Michigan State University and Chippewa Valley High School.

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