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Coroner: Deceased couple had fentanyl, meth in blood
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A Hall County deputy coroner said methamphetamine and fentanyl were found in the toxicology reports for a couple found dead Nov. 10 in an East Hall mobile home.

Norman Reece, 43, and Audrey Dahl, 35, were found dead by Reece’s 18-year-old son, who also lives in the home on the 3500 block of Gaines Mill Road.

“Both of the toxicologies came back and both had methamphetamines in it. She had a high count of methamphetamines,” deputy coroner James Bell said.

An official cause of death has not been released by the medical examiner.

“He had a high count of methamphetamines, but he also had a very high count of fentanyl. … She had counts of fentanyl in hers, but nowhere near as high as what (Reece) had,” Bell said.

Fentanyl is an opioid drug considered roughly 100 times stronger than morphine.

When authorities were called to the house, Dahl and Reece had “no obvious signs of trauma or foul play,” said Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks of the Hall County Sheriff’s Office in a release.

Reece’s 18-year-old son found them both in a bedroom around 6 a.m. “after last having contact with them the previous evening,” Wilbanks said.

“He discovered the deceased when he woke up … after noticing that the house had become very cold,” Wilbanks said in an email.

He added there were space heaters in the home, which was without electricity, so Hall County Fire Services tested the air quality but did not find toxic carbon monoxide levels.

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