Police investigating death of man thought to have overdosed as suspicious

Lawrence Police Department

The death of a man thought to have overdosed is now being investigated by the Lawrence Police Department as suspicious, according to police.

The deceased person is a 44-year-old Lawrence man, Sgt. Amy Rhoads of the Lawrence Police Department said in an email response to an inquiry from the Journal-World.

The death was initially reported around 6:10 a.m. March 24 and was being investigated as an overdose, Rhoads said.

Last week, on Thursday, “information was obtained that led investigators to believe the circumstances surrounding the death were suspicious,” Rhoads said. “This incident is still believed to be an overdose, but investigators are working to determine what occurred before and after the man died.”

Shortly after 7:30 p.m. Thursday, officers responded to the area of 21st Street and Naismith Drive on the death investigation, Rhoads said.

On the police department’s call list for Thursday, the address for the corresponding dispatch is listed as the 2100 block of West 26th Street.

Investigators consider the death suspicious at this time, and their investigation is ongoing, Rhoads said.

She declined to release the man’s name or additional information about the situation on Monday.