Police are investigating a man’s death as a potential drug-induced homicide in Wood River, according to court documents.
Wood River police were called to the 200 block of N. Ninth Street for a report of an unconscious male on Sept. 3, according to a search warrant. When police arrived, they found Michael Cummings, 58, dead, with a hypodermic syringe, a metal spoon with unknown residue and a chrome cylinder with seven clear capsules with white powder inside on the table next to him.
After searching Cummings’ phone, police found texts to a woman, later identified as a 34-year-old South Roxana woman, in reference to a purchase of drugs the night of Sept. 2. Police obtained a search warrant to look through the 34-year-old woman’s phone. She has not been charged with any crimes.
Cummings and two others, including the 34-year-old woman, bought $70 worth of fentanyl from a person identified only as KB, according to the search warrant.
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Family told police Cummings had struggled with drug addiction for multiple years, as well as unspecified medical conditions. Cummings was pronounced dead at 10:16 a.m. Sept. 3.