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Details released in restaurant overdose death investigation

The Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Office is investigating the overdose death of Jerald Friedgan.

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Deputies are continuing the investigation into the man who died in the bathroom of a Grand Traverse County restaurant.

On Thursday Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Department said a manager at Denny's found Jerald Friedgen, an employee, dead from an apparent overdose in the bathroom.

Deputies identified a person of interest in the investigation and the man was arrested on an unrelated outstanding warrant from downstate.

A search warrant was issued and a Traverse City home was searched Thursday night.

Deputies said evidence was taken from the home and a woman was arrested during the search.

In connection with the investigation, another man was arrested Friday morning on a parole violation, according to deputies.

Deputies are still awaiting the toxicology report on Friedgen but believe he may have taken heroin laced with fentanyl, a potent opioid which can be fatal in small amounts.

Deputies don't suggest using drugs but are warning anyone who has bought heroin in the past few days, don't use it.

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