Man released pending possible charges in death of Coon Rapids woman

A man arrested Sunday (Aug. 26) in connection with the death of a 33-year-old Coon Rapids woman has been released pending possible charges.

The 58-year-old Fridley man who was arrested on a probable cause murder in the third degree, selling/giving/distributing a controlled substance, schedules 1 and 2, was released from custody this morning (Tuesday, Aug. 28).

According to Cmdr. Paul Sommer, Anoka County Sheriff’s Office, investigators will wait until the autopsy has been completed by the Anoka County Medical Examiner’s Office before submitting the case to the Anoka County Attorney’s Office to see if it merits charges.

“The autopsy will determine the cause of death and that will determine if there will be charges,” Sommer said.

Results from the autopsy are not expected for several weeks, he said.

The basis for the investigation and the man’s arrest is that the woman died from a suspected overdose from some sort of opium-based prescription drug, not heroin, cocaine or a synthetic drug, Sommer said.

According to the Coon Rapids Police report, officers were told that the woman may have been suffering from meningitis.

Coon Rapids officers responded to a townhome on the 10000 block of Butternut Street shortly before 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

They found a woman, who was pronounced dead at the scene, and the suspect.

The man told police he allegedly knew the woman only by her first name and had just met her at a bar the night before.

They had gone back to her home and he decided to stay with her that night because she was not feeling well, he alleged in his statement.

When he awoke Sunday morning, the man alleged that she was cold to touch.

Police called in the Anoka County Medical Examiner’s Office, the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division (CID) and the Anoka County Crime Lab.

Peter Bodley is at
peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com



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