WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI (OnFocus) – On December 21, 2021 the Wood County Sheriff’s Department responded to the Village of Hewitt, Wisconsin for a report of a deceased 22-year-old female.
Initial investigation by the Wood County Sheriff’s Department showed that the female likely died of a drug overdose. A forensic autopsy of the female was completed on December 22, 2021 which indicated a suspected overdose. The Wood County Sheriff’s Department is waiting for the final autopsy report from the UW Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin.
On December 22, 2021 the Wood County Sheriffs Department executed multiple search warrants, and interviewed multiple individuals who are connected to the death of this female subject.
On December 22, 2021 the Wood County Sheriff’s Department took into custody a male subject from Wisconsin Rapids who provided the deceased female the drugs that likely caused her death. Luis A. Reyes (a 26-year-old male) is being held at the Wood County Jail in connection with the death of the 22-year-old female.
Investigators from the Wood County Sheriff’s Department will be requesting a charge of First Degree Reckless Homicide, along with other drug related charges to the Wood County District Attorney’s Office.
In a statement, Wood County Sheriff Shawn Becker said that he was proud of the way his team worked swiftly to apprehend Reyes.
“Our investigative team did an outstanding job with this case,” Becker said. “Within 24 hours of the reported overdose, the suspect, Luis Reyes, was identified, located and taken into custody.”
Becker said the distribution of illegal substances is not tolerated in Wood County and the department will continue to work to keep them off the streets.
“The Wood County Sheriff’s Department takes a strong stance against individuals who sell or distribute controlled substances in our community and will continue to work diligently to keep those types of dangerous drugs off the streets of central Wisconsin.”
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