ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - The death of a 17-year-old girl found in a Rochester motel room was drug-related, and her mother and two others were arrested, police said Thursday.
Evangelique “Eve” Tarmey of Rochester was found at the Riviera Motel on Oct. 17.
Police said Thursday a toxicology report said the Spaulding High School senior’s death was accidental and due to “acute fentanyl intoxication.” Fentanyl, a painkiller, is often mistaken for heroin and is far more potent.
Her mother, Jazzmyn Rood of Rochester, 41, was arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit possession of a controlled drug, endangering the welfare of a child, and reckless conduct. Her bail was set at $10,000.
Mark Ross, 41, who lived at the motel, was charged with dispensing a controlled drug with death resulting in addition to a similar drug conspiracy charge, tampering with witnesses and informants and two counts of falsifying physical evidence.
The two, arrested Thursday, were with Tarmey. They are scheduled to be arraigned Friday. It wasn’t immediately known if they had lawyers.
Police also later arrested Leslie Aberle, 31, of Salisbury, Massachusetts, in that town on a fugitive from justice charge. Warrants had been issued for her on charges of dispensing a controlled drug with death resulting, conspiracy and tampering with witnesses and informants. She was described as an acquaintance of Rood and Ross.
Police Chief Michael Allen said the city of Rochester has seen 98 overdoses this year, eight of them resulting in death.
Allen said it’s important in any death investigation to charge anyone who may have contributed to the death.
“The fact that it is the mother of the victim makes it even more disturbing to me,” he said.
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