New York woman found dead in Highland convenience store had ties to metro-east

News-DemocratJanuary 14, 2014 

The Madison County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a Worchester, N.Y., woman at a Highland convenience store that may be drug-related, according to Sheriff Robert Hertz.

The woman is identified as 25-year-old Angela K. Lamar.

The sheriff's office and Highland Ambulance Services responded to reports of an unresponsive female at 1 a.m. Sunday to CC Food Mart, 3410 George St. in Highland.

Lamar was found in the women's restroom. She was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital in Highland, where a Madison County Deputy Coroner pronounced her dead, according to police.

Investigators seized a syringe and heroin-filled capsules during the investigation. An autopsy was conducted, but an official cause of death is pending toxicological examinations.

Police say Lamar was traveling through Illinois with her boyfriend, who is a truck driver.

Lamar was born and raised in Belleville. She was a former student of Belleville West High School. Her maiden name was Dunevant, according to her aunt Tanya McCoy.

Visitation for Lamar will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Braun Colonial Funeral Home in Cahokia. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Belleville.

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