Drug overdose death: 7-month investigation led to arrest
A 7-month investigation into a Chambersburg drug overdose death led to the arrest yesterday of Karl Robert Tiedemann, court documents reveal.
A painstaking investigation by Chambersburg police led to an arrest this week, 7 months after a local woman died from a drug overdose. Details of a Jan. 24 drug overdose death of a Chambersburg woman, and events leading up to it, were outlined in charging documents available today.
Tiedemann, 36, faces charges of drug delivery resulting in death, a first degree felony and delivery of a controlled substance, a felony.
Police called to an apartment on East Queen Street at about 6 p.m. Jan. 24 found emergency medical personnel trying to revive the woman. Tiedemann was inside the apartment, according to the court document.
The woman was pronounced dead at Chambersburg Hospital at 6:42 p.m.
Details outlined in court documents
Another woman, later interviewed by police as a witness, was outside the building. She later told police she spent that afternoon with Tiedemann as he drive around Waynesboro, Greencastle and Hagerstown buying drugs. During that time she overheard a conversation between Tiedemann and the victim. She quoted Tiedemann as saying, “I’m coming. I’m bringing it”
She was still with Tiedemann when he went to the victim’s apartment, according to court documents. She told police she saw Tiedemann lay the drugs out on the coffee table in the victim’s living room, cutting it into lines so the victim could snort it.
The woman told police the victim was feeling sick because of heroin withdrawal before she and Tiedeman arrived at the apartment. After using the drugs Tiedeman provided, the victim asked them to stay for a few minutes because she didn’t feel well. She then walked into her kitchen and collapsed several minutes later, the woman said.
The witness told police she thought the drugs Tiedemann provided to the victim that day was heroin, but wasn”t sure. She did not take part in the drug purchases, she said.
A coroner’s report listed the victim’s cause of death as mixed drug toxicity, including meth and fentanyl.
A section of straw found in the kitchen trash can at the scene contained fentanyl. A piece of paper recovered from the apartment contained fentanyl and methamphetamine residue.
Tiedemann’s preliminary hearing on the charges takes place Sept. 28. He is currently in Franklin County Jail, unable to post $250,000 bail.