Oak Park police suspend year-old heroin overdose case

Insufficient evidence to charge anyone with a crime

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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

The case involving a Wisconsin teenager who died of an accidental drug overdose in Oak Park last November has been suspended, according to Oak Park police.

Kimberly Ciotola, 17, was found in the hallway of an apartment building at 855 Lake St. on the morning of Nov. 8. Police found heroin and paraphernalia used to inject it at the scene. Ciotola was dead upon arrival at Rush Oak Park Hospital and her death was ruled an accidental opiate intoxication earlier this year.

Oak Park Police Commander LaDon Reynolds said a subject came in for questioning on Nov. 8, but he could not confirm if it was the 22-year-old man who had picked up Ciotola from downtown Chicago and brought her to the apartment building the night before she died.

Police said the man had been a resident of the building and was able to get into an empty unit. Ciotola met him online. Reynolds also could not say if the materials found at the scene belonged to him.

Reynolds said there was insufficient evidence to charge the person questioned with a crime. But if police obtain any information that presents itself and gives them probable cause to make an arrest or to charge someone with a crime, they will pursue it, he said.

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