Person of interest in connection with drug overdose death in custody

BARRON COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) – A person of interest in connection to a drug overdose death in Barron County is in custody.

According to a media release by the Barron County Sheriff’s Department, on July 6 at 11:12 pm, the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a possible overdose at a home east of Rice Lake.

The Barron County Sheriff’s Department responded in their media release deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department along with Rice Lake Fire Department, MMC Ambulance and Lifelink Helicopter. Life-saving measures were attempted on 32-year-old Crystal Braden, however, were not successful. Braden was pronounced dead at the scene of what the Barron County Sheriff’s Department is classifying as a “drug overdose of most likely heroin.”

The Barron County Drug Unit was looking to speak with 37-year-old Chris Skar, a person of interest in this case, who authorities say fled the scene as life-saving measures were being attempted. A probation warrant for Skar’s arrest was issued. The Barron County Sheriff’s Office says Skar is now in custody as of noon Friday.

The incident is under investigation.

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