Troopers respond to series of deaths, including suspected drug overdose

A Homer woman who died on March 12 is suspected to have died of a drug overdose, Alaska State Troopers said in a press release. Audra Lamson, 26, died at South Peninsula Hospital after troopers and medics from Kachemak Emergency Services and the Homer Volunteer Fire Department went about 12:15 a.m. to her home on Spyglass Street near Mile 8 East End Road for a report that she was not breathing. Efforts to revive Lamson continued at the hospital but were unsuccessful. Troopers found drug paraphernalia at the scene. Lamson’s body has been sent to the State Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy. No foul play is suspected and next of kin was notified. Troopers are awaiting autopsy results before identifying the suspected drug involved.

Lamson’s death was one of a string of deaths Anchor Point troopers went to over the weekend. Troopers suspect substance abuse and a history of illness as possible causes in the death of a 44-year-old Anchor Point woman. At about 7:50 p.m. March 13, troopers did a welfare check on the home of Rebecca Brown in Anchor Point and found her dead. No foul play was suspected. Next of kin was notified.

Troopers also went to two deaths by natural causes. On March 11 at 12:08 a.m., troopers responded to the home of Dan Jerrel, 56, near Mile 168 Sterling Highway for a report that he was found dead. No foul play is suspected and next of kin were present.

Troopers at 12:03 a.m. March 13 went to the home of Donna Chapman, 80, who died of natural causes. Chapman’s death was expected and family were present.