Troy police investigating woman’s death

Officers find evidence of drug use in home

By Melanie Yingst -

TROY — The Troy Police Department is investigating a possible opiate overdose that led to the death of a 40-year-old female in the 600 block of South Walnut Street.

The female victim, Tonya Conn-Baker, 41, of Troy, was pronounced dead at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday. Conn-Baker had a history of drug use according to court documents.

Officers found drug paraphernalia in the home. An official cause of death will not be determined until toxicology results are returned by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. According to Capt. Jeff Kunkleman, toxicology reports may take up to 8-10 weeks. The increase of report time is due to the increase of opiate overdoses in the Miami Valley.

According to our partners at WDTN, the Montgomery County Coroner Dr. Kent Harshbarger said about 75 percent of the bodies they handle every month are those of people who’ve died from a drug overdose.

“For the month of January, our case totals have completely gone out of control as far as our ability to handle this amount of workload,” Harshbarger told WDTN.

The most common drug found in overdose victims is fentanyl. The commonly used antidote, Narcan, often does not counter the effects of fentanyl, he said.

Officers find evidence of drug use in home

By Melanie Yingst