30-year-old visitor found dead in Laconia apartment; drug overdose suspected

LACONIA — Police confirmed yesterday that they are investigating a possible fatal drug overdose that was reported to them at 3:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Capt. Matt Canfield said the victim was a 30-year-old male from Massachusetts who he declined to identify other than to say he was visiting at a Union Avenue apartment.

He said the investigation into what could be the second fatal drug overdose in as many weeks in the area continues. No further details could be released yesterday.

Local police are dealing with a recent spike in the use of heroin and opiates in the Lakes Region. In the past two weeks Belmont has seen two overdoses — a fatal one and one that was nearly fatal.

Canfield said an autopsy will be performed and toxicology results will be sent to the state lab determine the exact cause of death.