Coroner: Multiple-drug overdose killed teen

A toxicology report released Wednesday shows several drugs, including drugs consistent with heroin use, were found in the bloodstream of a Lake in the Hills teen found dead last month.

Stephanie Chiakas, 17, was found dead March 10 inside a Crystal Lake home in the 600 block of Grand Canyon Circle.

The Crystal Lake South High School junior was found unresponsive on the floor near a bed in the home, according to the McHenry County Coroner’s Office.

Pills and drug paraphernalia also were found in the room, according to the coroner’s report. Chiakas was pronounced dead at 9:06 a.m. March 10.

The toxicology report states that marijuana, opiates, antidepressants and sedatives were in her system at the time of her death.

The cause of death has been determined to be a polysubstance overdose, meaning multiple drugs were being used simultaneously, said Dr. Anne Majewski, McHenry County Coroner.

Charges were filed in late March against two Crystal Lake men who allegedly had contact with Chiakas before her death.

Elias Ramos-Ortiz, 17, was charged with a felony count of possession of heroin after he was found with the drug during the  investigation, according to the Crystal Lake Police Department.

Ramos-Ortiz lived at the home where Chiakas was found, and was charged as an adult based on the circumstances surrounding the incident, police said.

Brett Jurgens, 25, was charged with misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Police allege that Jurgens supplied Ramos-Ortiz and Chiakas with alcohol on the day of her death.

No traces of alcohol were found in Chiakas’ system at the time of her death, according to the toxicology report.

Court records show that Chiakas had a pending drug case with a scheduled court appearance in mid-March.
According to the criminal complaint in October, she had less than 15 grams of a substance containing heroin, as well as less than 2.5 grams of marijuana and a grinder.

Her past medical history was significant for substance abuse, the coroner’s report states.

The death investigation is considered closed pending any unforeseen information that may become available, Crystal Lake police Cmdr. Dan Dziewior said.

The Northwest Herald’s request for a copy of the incident report from the Crystal Lake Police Department is pending.

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