A state medical examiner determined that Faith Chere Bevan of Garner overdosed on a deadly mix of hard drugs and alcohol.
An autopsy report made public Thursday stated that the 24-year-old woman died of alcohol and drug poisoning, including from powerful opioids such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, fentanyl and morphine.
Bevan was the second-youngest of four children. She grew up in Garner and graduated from Middle Creek High School in 2012. She was the mother of a daughter, Mylah, who turned 6 in May.
Sheriff’s deputies found an uncapped syringe near Bevan’s body in the grassy ditch where her body was found.
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The state medical examiner noted that Bevan had a history of drug abuse, with no apparent signs of physical disease. The medical examiner reported that superficial abrasions and contusions found on Bevan’s head, torso, arms and legs played no role in her death.
Toxicology tests detected methoxyacetylfentanyl, an opioid that’s sold online as a designer drug, fentanyl, which can be 50 times more powerful than heroin, gabapentin, a medication used to treat seizures, and other opioids, including hydrocodone, oxycodone and morphine, in her body.
Wake sheriff’s deputies found Bevan’s body on March 18 around 10 a.m., about two and a half hours after a woman called 911 to report she had found the young woman’s body in a ditch in the 7800 block of Caddy Road, about five miles south of her home at 1002 Buckhorn Road in Garner.
“Oh yes, it’s an emergency,” the woman told a dispatcher in a 911 recording. “A lady is laying in the ditch right in my neighborhood. She’s right here in the ditch.”
Investigators did not immediately disclose a cause of death and there was heightened interest about how Bevan died after deputies reported that Bevan was found with her shirt pulled up and the back waist of her jeans pulled down. But the autopsy found no evidence of sexual assault.
A witness told the investigators that they saw Bevan getting into the vehicle of a Raleigh man hours before her body was found. The man later confirmed that he had spent time with Bevan before her death and had exchanged phone messages with her the day before her body was found, according to the search warrants.
The man, described by deputies as “a person of interest,” refused sheriff’s investigators’ requests to search his phone, but he was not arrested.