WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — Wichita Falls Police Department officials provided an update Thursday on an ongoing investigation into a fatal fentanyl overdose that recently claimed the life of a teenager in Wichita Falls.
WFPD Public Information Officer Sgt. Charlie Eipper spoke to the KFDX Newsroom on Thursday afternoon, September 22, 2022 and provided an update on the investigation into the fentanyl-related death of 13-year-old Kaysen Villareal and responded to questions and comments received from concerned parents. in Wichita Falls.
Villarreal is one of three people, all under the age of 22, who police say died from a fentanyl overdose over the weekend of September 17-18. Police believe the three most recent fentanyl-related deaths are among 18 fentanyl-related deaths in Wichita Falls. so far in 2022.
On Wednesday, September 21, KFDX reporter Kaylin McGlothen spoke with Villareal’s mother, Brandi Mello, who said a story told to her about her son’s death was that he had been forced to take fentanyl, that he had vomited the pill, then he was beaten and forced to take it again.
According to Sgt. Eipper, the WFPD has received a number of calls from parents and concerned citizens of Wichita Falls expressing concern that Villareal has been forced to take fentanyl as a kind of initiation.
sergeant. Eipper told our newsroom that after speaking with detectives from the WFPD Crimes Against the Person Unit, their investigation into Villareal’s death so far does not indicate he was forced. to take fentanyl or that it was some sort of initiation for him to take fentanyl.
Authorities have yet to make an arrest related to the three most recent fentanyl-related deaths, but Sgt. Eipper said their investigation is ongoing.
In the past month, authorities have arrested three people and charged them with murder for their roles in previous fentanyl-related deaths in Wichita Falls. County leaders said they would use every tool at their disposal to prosecute dealers and those supplying fentanyl resulting in overdose death.
This is a developing story. Stay on the Texoma homepage for updates on the investigation into the Wichita Falls fentanyl deaths as more information becomes available.