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Overdoses suspected in Wythe deaths

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

WYTHEVILLE – Authorities say they believe accidental overdoses may have caused the deaths of two women found dead in their homes Tuesday; but a third person may have been involved.

“We are currently investigating the possibility that a third person may, or may not, have administered the lethal dose,” Wythe County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Keith Dunagan said in a press release.

According to Dunagan, the sheriff’s office responded around 6 p.m. Wednesday to a report of a person found dead in a residence on Pump Hollow Road, south of Wytheville. Deputies learned that a family member arrived at the residence to find Dreama Gayle Davis, 44, deceased in the bathroom floor.

During the course of that investigation Davis’ aunt, 55-year-old Donna Marie Surratt, was found deceased in the living room floor of her home, across the street from Davis’ residence. Dunagan said Surratt’s family found her body upon arriving home.

Based on the investigation, Dunagan said authorities believe both deaths were caused by an accidental overdose; however, a final ruling will not be made until the medical examiner completes an investigation.

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