Authorities report that a Spirit Airlines pilot and his wife were found dead by their children from an apparent fentanyl overdose on Thursday morning, after a long battle with drug addiction.
According to police reports, the lifeless bodies of Brian Halye, 36, and Courtney Halye, 34, were discovered in their bedroom by their four children in Centerville, Ohio, reports NBC4i.
Their 13-year-old son called 911 around 8 a.m. and told dispatchers that he could not wake his parents up while his sisters were heard crying in the background.
“I just woke up and my two parents are on the floor. My sister said they’re not waking up,” Courtney Halye’s son said in a 911 call. “They’re not breathing.”
Ken Betz, director of the Montgomery County coroner’s office, disclosed that the preliminary cause of death is consistent with a lethal dose of a heroin-fentanyl mixture. Toxicology reports are pending and expected to be completed in 4-6 weeks, says the report.
“At the scene, we did locate drug paraphernalia, which leads us to believe this is drug-related,” said John Davis from the Centerville police.
All four children ranging from ages 9 to 13 have been placed in the custody of relatives while the investigation continues.
The Dayton Daily News reports that police records show that Courtney Halye’s mother, Nancy Casey, called police in January 2016 worried that her daughter would commit suicide and feared she was abusing narcotics. Casey said she believed Courtney was “hooked on drugs” for about seven years.
Brian Halye was confirmed to be a pilot at Spirit Airlines for nine years and made his final flight on March 10. When asked when the last time Halye was tested for drugs, the airline spokesman declined to comment, according to Fox 8 Cleveland.
The Montgomery County Coroner claims that 165 deaths have already been confirmed this year from accidental drug overdoses, an epidemic that is on the rise across the country.
“It is an unfortunate reality in the world we live in right now. I can’t put it into words. It’s hard to imagine as a parent, as a police officer, as just a person. It’s just hard to comprehend,” Davis said.
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