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Metro East Death Now Called an Overdose

Carol A. Daniel
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Craig Wood

COLUMBIA, Ill.(KMOX) – What was first thought to be a possible homicide is now being termed a drug overdose.   With that determination, officials with the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis tell KMOX, they’ll disband Tuesday afternoon.

An autopsy was performed Monday on 45 year old Craig J. Wood. O’Fallon, Illinois Police Captain Jeff Wild says after their investigation they believe this was a drug overdose.  “We have to wait for toxicology reports to come back from the coroner’s office but all indication is this was an overdose.  There is no foul play suspected and there was no trauma to the body.”

Captain Wild says the report will tell them what type of drugs Wood was using.

“We did find some synthetic marijuana near his body and an unknown white substance we believe Wood put in his body but we don’t know what it is right now.”

Wood was found dead in his home at 911 Bluffside Road in Columbia, Illinois Sunday night around 5:25 p.m. after a relative called police to conduct a well-being check on him.  The Major Case Squad was activated after signs of a possible homicide were found in the home. Wild says Wood shared the home with a relative but he did not want to go into further detail as to who the relative was.

With many overdose victims in the area in their 20’s, KMOX News asked Captain Wild if Wood, at 45 years of age was not the typical overdose victim.

“To be honest with you, in this age, we’ve seen a lot of overdoses from 19 to 50 years of age.  His age is not uncommon with a drug overdose right now.”

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