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Spirit airlines pilot and wife die of suspected drug overdose

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 2017-03-21 MINYVONNE BURKE

An Ohio couple was found dead in their home from a suspected overdose of heroin and fentanyl, authorities say. The discovery was made by the couple’s four children.

The bodies of Brian Halye, a 36-year-old pilot for Spirit Airlines, and wife Courtney were found in their bedroom Thursday morning by Courtney's son and daughter and Brian's two daughters.

The children went into the bedroom after their parents failed to wake them up for school, NBC News reports.

Courtney's 13-year-old son made the 911 call telling the operator that his parents were on the floor and weren't waking up.

"They were very cold," he said, as the three sisters cried in the background.

The son added that one of his sisters said their father was "pale" and there were black lines all over his face.

Authorities believe the parents' death may be drug-related, most likely the result of a lethal heroin-fentanyl mixture. Testing is still being done and a toxicology report will take up to six weeks.

Centerville police officer John Davis told WLWT that drug paraphernalia was found in the parents' bedroom.

"It is an unfortunate reality in the world we live in right now," he said. "I can't put it into words. It's hard to imagine as a parent, as a police officer, as just a person. It's just hard to comprehend."

Courtney's mother previously called police on her daughter fearing she was suicidal and "hooked on drugs," according to the Dayton Daily News.

Brian also contacted police during a January 2016 incident in which Courtney, 34, had locked him out of their home.

He said he was worried that she was trying to get to two unloaded guns he kept in the house. A police report stated that when Brian forced his way into the home, he found his wife holding the weapons.

The couple's four children, ages 9, 10, 11 and 13, are staying with family members.


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