Medical examiners remove Paul Gagne Jr.’s body from a Boulevard Motel room. Based on drug paraphernalia at the scene, Volusia County Sheriff’s Office investigators believe Gagne overdosed on drugs. Charles Chancery, shown standing in the background, returned to the room to find his friend Gagne dead on the floor in DeLand on Friday, March 16, 2018.
Volusia County Sheriff’s Office Detective Jayson Paul interviews Charles Chancery about the death of his friend, Paul Gagne Jr. Chancery said Gagne had a history of drug use. The two had become friends in a Department of Corrections drug treatment program. “We just freakin’ connected,” Chancery said. “I don’t trust people at all, but I did with him. DeLand on Friday, March 16, 2018.
Volusia County sheriff's deputy Michael Vanzo holds five bags of medication and drug paraphernalia removed from Joshua Lacy's home. Investigators believe Lacy died after injecting heroin. Deltona on Friday, April 13, 2018.
Medical examiners remove Brian Jett’s body from his girlfriend’s rental home. His girlfriend, Tamara Hernandez, found Jett lying face down on a bathroom floor when she awoke. Jett, 32, was known to use heroin and meth, Volusia County Sheriff’s Office Detective Sgt. Kyle McDaniel said, and the pair had purchased “a mixture of drugs” the previous evening. Deltona on Monday, April 2, 2018.
Jack Miller and Janet Roberts pick up their 20-month-old grandson after their daughter, Jenna Miller, 28, died of an overdose in a home with the child in bed beside her. Jenna Miller had abused anxiety medication for “a long time,” Jack Miller said to The News-Journal. “As bad as this hurts, it isn’t unexpected.” Deltona on Friday, March 30, 2018.
Volusia County Sheriff’s Office detectives Jarett Wooleyhan, Shon McGuire and Miguel Roman prepare to search the vehicle of a woman, Jenna Miller, believed to have died of a heroin overdose. In the background, medical examiners remove Miller’s body from a Deltona home. Miller’s 20-month-old son was in bed with her when she died. Deltona on Friday, March 30, 2018.
Mary Harden struggles to stay composed during a phone call in the presence of Shon McGuire, a Volusia County Sheriff’s Office detective assigned to investigate drug-facilitated deaths. Miller visited Harden with her son the previous evening and appeared to be high on heroin, McGuire said. Deltona, Friday, March 30, 2018.
Medical examiners prepare to load the body of overdose victim Gerald Frank Farmer into a waiting livery van. Farmer was prescribed narcotics following a car accident and had a history of substance abuse, Volusia County Sheriff's Office investigators said. Deltona on Wednesday, May 2, 2018.
Mike Pugh sits on a bench in his carport as medical examiners wheel Katelyn Zwolinski’s body through the front door of his home. Volusia County Sheriff’s Office detectives found “40-50 used” syringes among Zwolinski’s belongings. DeLand on Tuesday, April 10, 2018.