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Police: Coaldale teen died of a drug overdose

Published December 28. 2010 05:00PM

A Coaldale teenager whose body was found in his bed on Nov. 29 died of an overdose of methadone, Police Chief Tim Delaney said Tuesday.

Police are asking the public's help in finding out who Cody Wentz, 19, of Bull Run Street, was with the day before his death, and where he spent his time that day. Delaney said police are investigating the source of the drug, which is a synthetic narcotic used to treat addiction or to relieve severe pain.

Anyone with information can call police at (570) 645-3060, or at (570) 645-5789 to leave an anonymous message.

"We have some leads," Delaney said. Those leads include the names of some of Wentz' friends, he said.

Schuylkill County Pathologist Dr. Richard Bindie on Dec. 9 said he was awaiting results of toxicology tests before making a determination as to how and why Wentz died. A family member found Wentz' body at about 1:30 p.m. Nov. 29.

Wentz was the son of Lisa M. (Wentz), wife of William Shiffert of Coaldale, with whom he lived, and Terry L. Wentz and his wife, Jennifer, of Lehighton.

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