COLUMBIA COUNTY (WKOW) -- Columbia County officials are dealing with a rash of suspected overdose deaths in the past week.
There have been four suspected drug overdose deaths in six days this past week from Aug. 30 to Sept. 5, 2018, according to the sheriff's office. Three females and one male have died and are suspected to have overdosed on illicit drugs.
All cases are under criminal investigation, according to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. The Columbia County Medical Examiner’s Office is assisting in the investigations.
Columbus Police Department, Portage Police Department and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office are investigating as these deaths occurred in Pardeeville, Columbus, Portage, and the Town of Lewiston.
The victims’ names are being withheld as the deaths are still under active investigation.
The four that died are described as follows:
23 year old female from Portage
28 year old female from Pardeeville
48 year old female from Town of Lewiston
54 year old male from Columbus
Anyone has information on these overdose deaths or other illegal activity in our communities are encouraged to call the Columbia County Crimes Stoppers a 1-800-293-2477.