A girl whose physique was present in a van three days after it crashed died of an unintended drug overdose, the Mendocino County sheriff’s workplace mentioned.
Wednesday’s report was an replace on a case that started with a two-vehicle crash on Oct. 8, 2023, within the Brooktrails subdivision close to Willits.
California Freeway Patrol officers responding to the scene have been informed that one driver fled in a Toyota Sienna van. They discovered the van unoccupied, after which apprehended a pedestrian who matched the driving force’s description. That man — a 26-year-old from Eureka — was arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run and driving underneath the affect.
The van was taken to a tow yard.
After studying of the arrest, the person’s household reported considerations about his mom, who they believed had been touring with him. On Oct. 11, Mendocino County sheriff’s deputies and Eureka cops searched the impounded van, which they mentioned was “filled with a big variety of belongings [including] clothes, baggage and dwelling provides.”
Underneath a pile of those possessions, they discovered the physique of Christine Ann Randolph, 53.
A coroner’s investigation that was concluded on Jan. 3 categorised her loss of life as an accident attributable to an overdose of morphine, diazepam and nordiazepam. The latter two substances are used primarily as anti-anxiety medication; diazepam is offered underneath the model identify Valium.