PEORIA HEIGHTS, Ill. — A man was found dead inside a van on Tuesday morning on N Faber Ave in Peoria Heights.
The Peoria Heights Police Department responded to the 3000 block of N. Farber on a male who was found deceased in the back of a van at approximately 8:20 a.m. The van belonged to the resident of the home.
Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said the man, who was in his forties, was pronounced deceased at 8:47 a.m. Based on information gathered at the scene and the preliminary autopsy findings, the case is being investigated as a suspected drug overdose.
This case is under investigation by the Peoria Heights Police Department and the Illinois State Police. No foul play is suspected, Harwood said.
This is the third case of a suspected drug overdose in the past two weeks within Peoria County. The first case on May 14, was a female in her thirties whom was found deceased in her residence in the 3000 block of N. Knoxville in Peoria. The second death, on May 21, was that of a male in his thirties whom was found deceased at his residence in the 1300 block of S. Blaine in Peoria.
All three of these cases demonstrated positive drug screens on the preliminary autopsy findings, however, are unrelated to each other. Harwood said area officials are concerned about the increase in drug deaths in such a short amount of time in the Peoria County area, and that there have not been drug deaths this close together since 2017.
The man’s identity is currently unknown.
This story will be updated.