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Teen's death in Arroyo Grande a possible drug overdose, police say

Posted at 11:43 AM, Jan 20, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-20 19:05:43-05

The Arroyo Grande Police Department is investigating the death of a 13-year-old child as a possible drug overdose.

Police say they responded to a call for medical aid at about 7 a.m. Thursday at a private residence.

They arrived to find the teen unresponsive, receiving CPR.

Police say first responders attempted life-saving measures but the teen was declared dead at the scene.

Police are being assisted in their investigation by the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office, San Luis Obispo County Social Services, and the Lucia Mar Unified School District.

The principal at Judkins Middle School sent the following message to parents on Thursday:

Dear Judkins Families:

It is with an extremely heavy heart that I reach out to you today. Early this morning, we found out that our school community experienced the loss of one of our students.

The passing of a student is tragic, and I want to be sure you are aware that support is available to your child or family if you are in need during this difficult time. Our school counselor and school psychologist are available for Judkins students. Additionally, Hospice SLO has services available: 805-544-2266.

Thank you for being an important part of the Judkins community.

Our thoughts are with the family at this time.

Ian Penton
Principal, Judkins Middle School

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call the Arroyo Grande Police Department's Investigations Section at (805) 473-5122.