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 Knightstown Police Investigating Possible Drug Overdose

October 17, 2007 - The Knightstown Police Department is investigating the death of a local man as a possible drug overdose.

While attempting to serve an arrest warrant on another person last Friday evening, Knightstown police officer Derek Hall found 30-year-old Christopher W. Paugh deceased at his residence at 23 W. Grant St. Knightstown Chief of Police Danny Baker told The Banner that some evidence found at the scene suggests Paugh may have overdosed.

"There were two prescription bottles that were filled two days prior that were empty," Baker said, identifying one of the prescriptions as being for Xanax, a drug commonly used to treat severe anxiety disorders often associated with clinical depression. Henry County Coroner Stacy Guffey told The Banner Tuesday afternoon that he hopes to receive results of toxicology tests in two to three weeks.

According to Hall's police report, he arrived at the Paugh residence at about 8 p.m., to serve a warrant on an acquaintance of Paugh's he thought might be there. Paugh's father, Walter, answered the door and told Hall he didn't know where the person Hall was looking for could be found, but said his son might know.

Hall's report says that Walter Paugh tried to wake his son, who was lying on a living room couch. When the younger Paugh did not wake up, Hall checked him and discovered he was "extremely cold and had no pulse."

Walter Paugh reportedly told Hall that when he had left for work at around 7:30 a.m., his son appeared to be asleep on the couch. The older Paugh, according to Hall's report, said Christopher was still lying on the couch when he returned home between 4 and 4:30 p.m. Believing his son was still asleep, Walter Paugh had gone upstairs to his room, where he had been until Hall arrived.

 

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