Two men found dead of suspected heroin overdoses in two days

Two men found dead in their homes in the last two nights likely died of heroin overdoses, Ashland police said.

The first incident was reported Monday night at 8:18 p.m., on the 700 block of Laurel Street. Police responded to the second death exactly 24 hours later in the 2400 block of Siskiyou Boulevard.

Police haven't release the names of either man.

"There is some medical information we want to protect," said Deputy Chief Corey Falls, "It doesn't appear that they were there very long, and our detectives are following up on that right now."

The first death was reported by a family member who found a 36-year-old man dead at home.

The Tuesday night death on was reported by a family friend who found a 34-year-old man dead at home.

Officials are calling the deaths suspected overdoses because the investigation is ongoing and they are still awaiting results from testing in the lab.

"It was what was found on scene that made us suspect it was a heroin overdose but until we get back the information, we can't say for sure," Falls said.

Police also are investigating whether or not the two cases are connected.

"That's one thing our detectives look into," said Falls. "Just because these happened on back to back nights, it makes it odd, but our detectives just try to gather information."

For now investigators are collecting evidence and talking to possible witnesses.

The deaths push the number of suspected heroin overdoses in Ashland this year to three. The city of Ashland had one suspected heroin overdose in 2011 and one in 2010.

"I think that it's certainly uncommon if you look over the course of the last few years, having two overdoses, two nights in a row," Falls said. "We wanted to put something out just to notify the public. I do feel that it's a weird situation."

— Mandy Valencia

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