by: Frances Lin, Ozarks First
Three people are found dead in a car of an apparent drug overdose.
This happened Saturday morning in Stone County near Table Rock Lake.
Deputies were dispatched at around 11:00 A.M. Saturday morning and found three bodies at in a vehicle parked near a trailer house.
“When deputies arrived on scene, they found two males and one female all deceased in a car at the end of Norwood,” said Sheriff Doug Rader, with the Stone County Sheriff’s Office.
They have been identified as Julie Orman, 26, of Shell Knob, Joseph Johnson, 35, of Green Forest, Arkansas, and Danial Calvert, 32, of Green Forest, Arkansas.
“The female had been reported missing the day before, and that she had left with these two males,” Rader said.
While an investigation is still underway, the sheriff doesn’t believe foul play was involved.
“Detectives were called to the scene,” Rader said, “the scene was processed, investigated. What we found in the car, it was very apparent that it was a drug overdose.”
Back in Springfield, KOLR10 spoke to Jeremy Alvarez, a life coach at I Pour Life.
He talked about drug overdoses in this area.
“One of the things that I see is a growing number of young people affected by drug use, either themselves or their family members,” Alvarez said, “in Stone County I see more and more people who are raised by grandparents, and that’s usually a result of issues with their families.”
Alvarez said it’s important to talk about the problem and spread awareness.
“There’s a great amount of shame, and there’s a great amount of feeling of failure, feeling of letting their family and loved ones down,” Alvarez said.
He said the best way to make sure someone doesn’t start drugs is to be a part of their lives.
“Getting to know young people, getting involved in their lives, being available,” Alvarez said, “the presence of one caring adult in the life of a youth makes a huge amount of difference whether or not they will succumb to addiction.”