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MINOOKA — A 26-year-old Braidwood woman was found dead in a Minooka apartment Saturday. The cause of death is a suspected drug overdose.

Grundy County Coroner John W. Callahan’s office, along with Minooka Police are investigating the death of Kathleen A. Garcia.

According to a news release from Callahan’s office, Garcia was with a friend in the apartment, and the pair were using heroin and a prescription drug.

At some point shortly after noon, the friend noticed Garcia was unresponsive. The friend called 911 and also administered narcan, but time had lapsed. She was pronounced dead at 1:30 p.m.

Callahan said in the release there was evidence of both heroin and a prescription drug in the residence, and the friend made a statement regarding its presence.

Callahan said heroin is a deadly drug and when you begin to cut it with prescription drugs you are “rolling the dice” with your life. “We are working diligently with departments to get a handle on this drug,” he said.

Callahan encourages parents to know what is going on within their home and to reach out for help if need be.

“Any of our law enforcement agencies can help or give the proper guidance,” he said.

An autopsy was performed Sunday with toxicology pending.

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