Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Drug Overdose Victim Identified

Ashley-MartelPolice have identified the Grover Beach woman who died from an overdose of drugs early Wednesday morning.  She is Ashley Martel, granddaughter of former KSBY and KCOY newscaster Rick Martel.

On Wednesday June 19 at about 4:17 a.m., officers of the Grover Beach Police Department were dispatched to the Arroyo Grande Community Hospital emergency room to meet with medical staff regarding a drug overdose victim. It was reported to the officers that the 23-year-old Martel suffered a drug related overdose at a residence in the 1200 block of Longbranch Avenue in Grover Beach.

A San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Coroner Investigator was called to the hospital to begin a death investigation while Detectives from the Grover Beach Police Department processed the scene at the residence.

A joint investigation between the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Coroner’s office and the Grover Beach Police Department continues and an autopsy for Martel is scheduled soon.

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