OAN’s Abril Elfi 5:40 PM – Thursday, February 1, 2024
Illicit substances allegedly came up in a recent toxicology report in regards to the three deceased Kansas City Chiefs fans who were found in a backyard and porch by police.
Their deaths were initially solely blamed on hypothermia and officers had assumed that they simply “froze to death” without any other foul play.
Fox 4 KC reported that police finally received toxicology results for the three men that were found dead outside their friend’s home last month. The victims, David Harrington, Clayton McGeeney, and Ricky Johnson, had reportedly driven to their friend Jordan Willis’ home in order to watch the Kansas City Chiefs’ final regular season game on January 7th.
They were found on the night of January 9th after the fiancée of one of the victims called local authorities and requested a welfare check.
Police stated that one of the bodies was found on the back porch while the others were discovered in the backyard. However, the homeowner, Jordan Willis, an HIV scientist, allegedly had “no knowledge” that his friends were still there socializing or “freezing to death.”
The homeowner’s lawyer, John Picerno, claimed that his client, who was reportedly in his underwear and holding a wine glass when police arrived, was completely unaware of his friends’ deaths until officers came knocking on his door.
Picerno maintained that his client was “sleeping with headphones on next to a noisy fan,” and that he did not notice any text messages from any of their wives or fiancées until the police finally got in touch with him.
According to his attorney Andrew Talge, a fifth friend, Alex Waemer-Lee, left the group get-together at around 11 p.m. while the other four men began watching “Jeopardy!”
Experts told Fox News that the men may have succumbed to the 30-degree weather and passed out in the snow due to an overabundance of alcohol or drugs.
“Early toxicology results from this investigation suggest traces of cocaine and fentanyl were found in the deceased’s systems. A full toxicology report has yet to be released — but for now, we’re told these are substances that cops have detected early on, and there may be others that surface when the official results come out,” TMZ reported.
It is unclear when police will receive the autopsies from the medical examiner’s office, even though they have already received the toxicology report back. The medical examiner said that could take a few more weeks.
Eric Zahnd, the prosecuting attorney for Platte County, stated that they are currently awaiting the conclusion of the Kansas City police’s portion of the investigation.
“There have been no additional details of this case revealed to any media, nor are there any plans to at this time. The case remains an ongoing death investigation,” a KCPD spokesperson said Thursday. “Both KCPD Detectives and the Platte County Prosecutor’s Office have been in touch with the deceased men’s families and remain in contact with them as the investigation unfolds.”