3 dead in suspected fentanyl overdoses at homeless encampment, Wichita police say
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) — Wichita police say a third person has died following suspected fentanyl overdoses at a homeless encampment on the city's south side over the weekend.
Police spokesperson Chad Ditch said Wednesday that 31-year-old Cody Maxey passed away at the hospital, where he had been since Sunday when he and three others were found at a camp near the 2900 block of South Washington.
Brandon Randall, 35, and Stevie Metts, 20, were found unresponsive at the camp and died at the scene. A 41-year-old woman remains hospitalized in critical condition.
The Wichita Police Department is investigating two suspected fentanyl overdoses that left two Wichita residents dead.
The overdoses happened at approximately 8:35 a.m. on Sunday, near the 2900 block of South Washington.
The Wichita Police Department says officers found 20-year-old Stevie Metts (female) and a 35-year-old man unresponsive in a homeless encampment. They were both pronounced dead at the scene. A man and a 41-year-old woman were also found at the scene and were taken to the hospital in grave condition.
“I can confirm there are two deceased and two receiving medical treatment at a local hospital,” WPD Officer Chad Ditch said.
The investigation is still ongoing but authorities believe this to be a case of fentanyl poisoning.
The Wichita Police Department reminds the community to only take prescription pills given to you by a Doctor.
If you know anything about this case we ask that you call investigators at 316-268-4407, Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111, or the See Something Say Something hotline at 316-519-2282. Case Number 22C074117.