Two more people are believed to have died from an overdose of heroin in Madison County. The Madison County Coroner says two deaths reported on New Year's Day appear to be connected to an overdose of the drug that was connected to nearly 2-dozen deaths in the county in 2011 and is showing no signs of slowing down.
28 year old James R. Malter of Troy was found dead inside a home in Collinsville and 48 year old Gail Trexler of Maryville was found in an apartment in the town and authorities say there were signs at both locations of use of heroin. A final cause of death will be determined at a coroner's inquest once toxicology tests are complete. While last year ended with 22 confirmed heroin overdose deaths in Madison County, a death from last August is also being investigated as having a connection to the drug. 30 year old Michelle Ann Brumley of Dorsey was found in her home and recent test results showed acute heroin intoxication. Police continue to warn the public that heroin use is resulting in either jail time or death, and crosses all economic, social, geographic and racial lines.