2 found dead at Douglas apartment

Drug paraphernalia, prescription pills located in apartment

Posted: Sunday, March 28, 2010

Two Juneau women were found dead Friday morning at a Douglas apartment complex, possibly from drug overdoses, according to police.

Courtesy Of Rob Korpoela
Courtesy Of Rob Korpoela

First responders arrived at the Alaska Housing Complex, located in the 3300 block of Nowell Avenue, around 9:15 a.m. on Friday and found one woman lying outside an apartment on the porch and another inside on the kitchen floor.

The women were identified as 42-year-old Lenora "June" Reyes and 41-year-old Sandra Cook. Both were pronounced dead at the scene and next of kin have since been notified.

Police found "various prescription medications" and other drug paraphernalia inside the apartment.

The women's cause of death is unknown, but the police do not suspect foul play. The State Medical Examiner's office, which had personnel in Juneau on other business, responded to the scene and will perform autopsies on both women. Police spokeswoman Cindee Brown-Mills said it usually takes four to six weeks to get results.

An eye witness at the scene said neighbors and family and friends of the deceased gathered near the complex as authorities investigated.

"So many people had tears in their eyes," the witness said.

That person said there was also bickering about who was to blame, and that a man stated loudly that he was asleep inside the apartment when the bodies were found. Police have not released any information regarding others inside in the apartment when the women were found.

The investigation is ongoing.

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