Big Spring PD: No foul play found in August death

Big Spring PD: No foul play found in August death

BIG SPRING, TX (KWES) - Big Spring Police Department has decided no foul play was involved in a death they initially investigated as a homicide.

Back on August 14, Big Spring Fire Department and EMS responded to a report of a gunshot victim. When they arrived they found Sonya Drake, 56, dead in the 400 block of Westover Rd.

The Criminal Investigations Division investigated the incident as a homicide based on  suspicious circumstances at the scene, as well as interviews of family and friends of Drake.

Authorities say after an investigation, including an autopsy and toxicology report, they have determined Drake's death was not a result of homicide.

According to police, the reports indicate that Drake died of an acute combined drug intoxication "overdose" and hypertensive cardiovascular disease.  After her death, she also suffered "postmortem animal predation."

The Big Spring Police Department also addressed some rumors regarding Drake's boyfriend. The BSPD says there was no protective order or restraining order against her boyfriend.

A criminal trespass warning had been issued against him, but was then rescinded after the couple worked out their differences.

According to BSPD, he was cooperative with this investigation.

Authorities add that the investigation has been difficult on Drake's family and will not release further details regarding the incident.

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