Ithaca, N.Y. — A person was found dead in an apartment on the 100 block of West State Street Tuesday morning, likely the result of a heroin overdose, according to the Ithaca Police Department.

It’s the third incident — and second death — in just a few days that Ithaca police say they think is connected to heroin. Officers are looking at the possibility that the overdoses are related, maybe if local heroin has been laced with a foreign substance like fentanyl.

Police released a Public Service Announcement on Tuesday about the heroin-related events.

Here are the incidents:

1 — Police find a body Saturday outside on the 100 block of Chestnut Street. They believe the homeless man — Travis Vorhis, 23 — may have been overdosing on heroin at the time of his death.

2 — On Monday afternoon, police find a subject passed out in the bathroom of a business on the 200 block of South Meadow Street. The subject was revived with Narcan and taken to a local hospital.

3 — The person was found dead in the West State Street apartment at around 10:30 a.m.

“This subject is believed to have overdosed on heroin,” police said in a press release. “An autopsy will be performed and IPD Investigators are awaiting toxicology reports.”

Investigators have ruled out foul play.


Police said it’s too early to conclude if laced heroin is causing the overdoses.

“Toxicology tests of two people who have recently died will determine if the deaths are the result of a drug overdose, as is suspected, and which drug specifically caused the overdose,” police said. “It is anticipated that this information will not be available for at least several weeks, though.”

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.