‘Mystery man’ says heroin overdose killed woman
By Dwayne Bremer
Mar 14, 2014, 19:23
Hancock County Sheriff's Investigators said Friday that the death of a 22-year-old Lizana resident may have been the result of an accidental drug overdose, but they will not be able to make an official ruling on the case until toxicology results arrive in a few weeks.
Authorities said Tuesday that a man driving a blue suburban pulled up at Hancock Medical Center Tuesday morning and went inside to tell hospital staff that a deceased female was inside the vehicle.
The deceased woman was identified as Kristen Cuevas, 22, and the driver of the suburban was later identified as Robert Landry, 35, Hancock County Chief Investigator Glenn Grannan said Friday.
Grannan said Landry told investigators during questioning that he and Cuevas had been using heroin prior to her death and at some point, he apparently noticed that Cuevas was unresponsive and drove her to the hospital.
Officials at the Mississippi Department of Corrections charged Landry with a probation violation on Thursday. Hancock County Jail records also show he has been served with a contempt of court warrant from the city of Bay St. Louis.
Grannan said Landry has not been charged in connection with Cuevas' death, but the investigation is continuing.
"We don't think this was anything intentional at this time," Grannan said. "There were no obvious signs of foul play. Right now, we are just waiting to see what the test results show before we move any further on this case."
Grannan said he is concerned about the heroin that Cuevas allegedly used. He said there have been reports of a new type of heroin being used in Louisiana and Mississippi and it is "very dangerous," he said.
"No drugs are safe, but this new stuff is pretty nasty," Hancock County Chief Deputy Don Bass said Wednesday. "We just hope people will understand the dangers of these hard drugs before they use them."