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Overdose suspected in man’s death


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An accidental drug overdose is the suspected cause of death of a Jennings County man found dead Monday in a hotel room where police say heroin had been used.

Darron M. Lovegrove, 19, of North Vernon was pronounced dead by Jackson County Coroner Roger Wheeler after he was found inside a room at the Allstate Inn on the east side of Seymour.

“My guess is it will be ruled an accidental overdose,” Seymour Police Chief Bill Abbott said Wednesday afternoon.

An autopsy failed to find a reason for the man’s death, so investigators are awaiting results of blood tests, Wheeler said. Results could take two to six weeks, he added.

“That will probably give us our answer,” Wheeler said.

Wheeler and Abbott said there were no signs of foul play, and suicide is not suspected, they said.

Police were called to the hotel at 4:18 p.m. because no one had checked out of the room, Abbott said.

“The owner wanted them out,” he said.

When police entered the room, Lovegrove was found on a bed.

The room was registered under another name, and up to four people had been in the room at one time or another, Abbott said.

The man who had registered for the room told police that heroin had been used there, Abbott said.

“There’s nothing that led us to believe there were any suspicious circumstances or foul play, but he did say that illegal drugs were being used in that room,” Abbott said of an interview with the man.

When that man left the room Monday, he thought Lovegrove was sleeping, Abbott said.

Abbott said he fears the heroin use in the hotel room is a glimpse of more problems to come with the drug. In addition to the prevalent use of methamphetamine, heroin has been making a resurgence in the area and across Indiana.

Both drugs are now commonly being used intravenously, he said.

“We had a community meeting just last week about what can the community do to fight the drug problem, and this certainly illustrates the problem,” Abbott said. “What can be done to curb the use of illegal drugs in our community? People have to realize that there are some people making bad choices and things like this can be the result of those bad choices.”

Schneck Medical Center brought about 40 people together last week to kick off a series of meetings and actions to fight drug abuse in the community.

Detective C.J. Foster, Devin Cornwell and Greg O’Brien are investigating the death.

Lovegrove was born in Seymour on April 11, 1995. He was a 2013 graduate of Jennings County High School.

His family described the young man as a fun-loving person who enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, according to his obituary.

A funeral service for Lovegrove will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Services in North Vernon.

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