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Police suspect overdose in death of man found on Williston campus


WILLISTON, N.D. -- A man whose body was found Tuesday morning, June 6, in a car on the Williston State College campus died of a suspected drug overdose, police say.

Thomas Ober, 27, of Williston, was declared dead after paramedics responded to a college parking lot around 11:30 a.m. Police, citing pending autopsy results from the state medical examiner’s officer, would not say what type of drug he ingested.

No further information was released on Wednesday, as local police, as well as the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Northwest Narcotics Task Force continue to look into events surrounding Ober’s death.

The incident was not connected with the college, although administrators say they are willing to cooperate with requests from law enforcement.

The car that Ober was found in appeared to have been driven onto the campus before business hours on Tuesday and parked below the school’s science wing, Natalie Boese, a spokeswoman for Williston State College, said.

Police have not said whether they are looking for anyone else in connection with the death.

The suspected overdose is the second such fatal incident in Williston within two weeks. On May 28, Conor Volz, 23, died after apparently overdosing on drugs that police have said may have been laced with another substance. Agents with the Northwest Narcotics Task Force say Volz bought heroin from Yancey Myers, 37, of Chicago, the day before he died.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story identified Ober as a student of Williston State College in a headline.