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E.C. man, 26, dies from possible drug overdose

June 11, 2001

The county Coroner's Office is investigating the Saturday death of an El Centro man as a possible drug overdose, county Coroner Investigator Gary Hayes said this morning.

Joseph Hernandez, 26, was found in a Motel 6 room by his companions about 8 a.m. Saturday after the group had reportedly been having a party there the night before.

Hayes said while the death is being investigated as an overdose, a final cause of death will not be available until toxicology tests are reviewed. It could take two weeks to a month to receive those results.

Hayes said the victim's companions were not "especially cooperative" and would not tell authorities if the group had been using narcotics during the party.

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