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Deaths, possible overdose may be related

  • By Sarah Fay Campbell
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  • Jun. 01, 2017 - 9:52 PM

The Newnan Police Department and the Coweta County Sheriff’s Department are investigating two deaths and an apparent non-fatal overdose that occurred early Sunday morning.

At least one of the deceased and the survivor had been at the same local restaurant late Saturday and early Sunday, according to Newnan Police Chief Douglas “Buster” Meadows.

“We’re trying to figure out if they knew each other or if they were there at the same time,” Meadows said Wednesday morning.

There have been various social media reports that drugs were put into the victims’ drinks while they went to the bathroom.

But so far, investigators have found nothing to support that theory.

“There is no information that I have been given that somebody got their drink spiked,” said Lt. Tate Washington of the Newnan Police Department, who is assisting with the investigation. “At this stage of the game, that doesn’t make sense.”

“It seems like everybody on social media knows a lot more about this than we do,” Washington said Wednesday afternoon. “Of all these people that have this information – not one person has come up here and given a statement to that effect.”

Investigators would like to talk to anyone with first-hand knowledge of the events.

At 12:50 Sunday morning, police responded to an emergency call of a person down at the Brickhouse Tavern in Newnan. According to the incident report, they found a 29-year-old man, Brandon Jordan, and administered Narcan/Naloxone, a drug which is used to bring a person out of an opioid overdose.

Jordan “positively responded,” according to the report. Coweta Emergency Medical personnel then arrived and took him to Piedmont Newnan Hospital for further evaluation.

On Wednesday, Jordan’s mother told The Newnan Times-Herald that her son did not use drugs and that his drink was spiked.

At 10:30 Sunday morning, police responded to a home on Boone Drive where a 26-year-old man, later identified as Danny Orlando Freeman was unresponsive. Emergency medical personnel were already on the scene. Freeman was later pronounced dead.

Police confirmed the deceased was at the Brickhouse around midnight. Later, he was at a friend’s house and several people were there drinking. Meadows said it is his understanding that when the friends went to bed, Freeman was asleep but breathing. That morning, they found him unresponsive.

No cause of death has been determined.

The unexplained death of a female on Nectarine Drive, off Hwy. 154 in unincorporated Coweta County is also being investigated. Her death occurred in the early morning hours Sunday, according to the report.

Meadows said investigators from both agencies are working together and doing dual interviews. The employees at the restaurant have been cooperative in the investigation, he said.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Washington said he had not yet had a chance to interview the surviving victim and is trying to determine if either one of the men ended up with bad drugs or had their drinks spiked, and to determine if the two incidents are related.

“If may just be sheer happenstance that they both happened to be there,” Washington said.

As for whether the deceased female was at the Brickhouse at the same time, “we’re still looking into that ourselves,” Coweta Sheriff Mike Yeager said Wednesday afternoon. He said that the sheriff’s office has been in talks with the NPD about the incidents over the weekend.

“We’re just looking at everything and seeing which direction this will go.”