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TPD: Suspicious Death May Be Possible Overdose


UPDATED
By Julie Montanaro
November 12, 2013

Police say a Tallahassee Community College student found dead in an apartment hallway died of a drug overdose.

The findings of the autopsy were released today and police revealed they do have surveillance video of the scene.

19 year old Jesse Cummings was found dead in the hallway of the Grand Marc apartments on Sunday.

Tallahassee Police say based on witness interviews and an autopsy done yesterday, they are working this case as a drug overdose, not a crime.

"The initial autopsy report did not show any indication that there was any foul play or anything that would show a blunt trauma where they were struck or something to that measure," TPD Spokesman David Northway said. "We do believe that it is a drug overdose at this time."

Cummings's body was found near apartment 25. Tallahassee Police did arrest the man who lived there. Police say 19 year old Eric Looper is facing charges for possession of prescription drugs and marijuana.

We got a copy of a letter that Grand Marc apartments management sent to residents. It says the surveillance video shows a resident and another person moving Cummings' body from an apartment to the curb.

Tallahassee Police confirmed that - but would not release the video tape or identify the people in it.


News Release: Tallahassee Police Department

On November 10th, The Tallahassee Police Department responded to a report of an unresponsive male outside of the Grand Marc Apartments at 1000 West Brevard Street.

The male was transported to a local hospital and was pronounced deceased. Members of the Criminal Investigation Division arrived on scene and initiated an investigation.

Investigators located several witnesses and discovered video of the area where the male was located.

An autopsy was conducted on November 11th. Based on the initial findings from the autopsy and statements provided by witnesses, TPD is investigating the case as a possible drug overdose.

The investigation is on-going at this time and Investigators are awaiting the toxicology reports. TPD asks anyone with information about this case to call (850) 891-4200 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS.


By: Julie Montanaro
November 11, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Tallahassee Police have identified the man found dead in the hallway of an apartment complex Sunday as 19 year old Jesse D. Cummings.

He was a Tallahassee Community College student from Boca Raton.
Police are still waiting on autopsy results to determine how he died, and are calling his death suspicious. Cummings was found Sunday
afternoon in the hallway of the Grandmarc apartments. Court records show he was just released from jail Friday night.

An autopsy was conducted Monday morning and police are awaiting the results.


By: Bailey Myers
November 10, 2013

Tallahassee, FL- Police surrounded a Tallahassee Apartment Complex today after a man was found dead in a hallway.

Around 12:37 Sunday afternoon paramedics were called to assist a man at the Grandmarc Apartments in Tallahassee. Medics and Tallahassee Police Department officers arrived shortly after and began CPR, but the unidentified man died.

Tallahassee Police Department Spokesman, Scott Beck, "There were some circumstances surrounding the report and the way that he was found that makes it suspicious."

Lights were turned on and the TV was blasting as officers waited outside the apartment for a warrant to enter and investigate. All the police were able to tell us today was they are working on identifying, and notifying the family of the man who lived in apartment 25.

Heather Biltoc, a WCTV Employee lives at the apartment complex and says she is shocked to hear something like this could happen so close to her home.

GrandMarc Apartments Resident, Heather Biltoc, "The only thing that concerns me with this is that they haven't told anyone. So, anyone on this side of the building who doesn't have access to see what's going on is pretty clueless about whats going on. And when you call the apartment complex they don't tell you anything. "

TPD has informed us that an autopsy will be performed tomorrow to determine cause of death. The moment we receive more information about this man's identity we will inform you.


By: Bailey Myers
November 10, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Tallahassee Police Department is investigating a suspicious death of one adult male.

According to TPD, his body was found outside unit 25 in The Grandmarc Apartment's at the 1000 block of West Brevard and Richmond. The unidentified man's autopsy will be done tomorrow.

As of now, there is no confirmed cause of death. WCTV will have more information as it becomes available.


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