Miss­ing man found dead of ap­par­ent over­dose

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE -

Hy­po­der­mic nee­dles were near the body of 56-year-old Fred­er­ick S. Con­klin, the vil­lage po­lice chief says.

A 56-year-old man re­ported miss­ing by fam­ily mem­bers has been found dead of a suspected drug over­dose, vil­lage po­lice said Thurs­day.

Fred­er­ick S. Con­klin, who was de­scribed by po­lice Wed­nes­day as tran­sient and ad­dicted to opi­ates, was found dead be­hind a build­ing on U.S. Route 209 in the vil­lage about 7 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Po­lice Chief Philip Mat­tra­cion said.

“Ev­i­dence found at the scene was con­sis­tent with a pos­si­ble over­dose,” the chief said.

Mat­tra­cion said hy­po­der­mic nee­dles, one still con­tain­ing an uniden­ti­fied liq­uid, were found at the scene. An au­topsy is sched­uled for Fri­day morn­ing, the chief said.

“He ap­pears to have suc­cumbed to the de­mons that had pos­sessed him,” the chief said. “Far too many peo­ple are be­com­ing vic­tims of this grow­ing prob­lem.”

Mat­tra­cion said he was par­tic­i­pat­ing in a com­mu­nity fo­rum on opi­ate ad­dic­tion at El­lenville High School when he was in­formed of Con­klin’s death.

Con­klin last was seen on foot at about noon Satur­day, Mat­tra­cion said Wed­nes­day. He was re­ported miss­ing that day by his daugh­ter and sis­ter.

The po­lice chief said Con­klin over­dosed on heroin two weeks ago and was saved with Nar­can, which can re­vive un­con­scious heroin ad­dicts and is used by first re­spon­ders.


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