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RED CEDAR TWSP, WI - On November 7th, 2015 at 6:09 PM the Dunn County Communications received a report of a male in his 20’s that was unresponsive and not breathing due to a possible drug overdose in the Township of Red Cedar in Dunn County.  

Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and started CPR and other lifesaving measures until Menomonie Fire Department arrived on scene. A pulse was restored and the patient was airlifted to an Eau Claire hospital by Mayo Helicopter.

Despite the lifesaving efforts, the victim Bryan J. Heitkamp, 27 YOA, died early Sunday morning, November 8th. An autopsy preliminary finding listed a prescription drug overdose was the probable cause of death. 

With a thorough investigation at the scene and a joint follow up investigation with Menomonie Police Department, the Dunn County Medical Examiner’s Office and West-Central Drug 

Taskforce, deputies were able to determine that the prescription drugs in the victim’s system at the time of his death were illegally provided to the victim by his estranged wife Paige M. Valla of Menomonie.

This morning, November 11th, Paige M. Valla was arrested and taken into custody on charges of First-degree Reckless Homicide and Delivery of Narcotics in the cause of the death of her estranged husband. Valla is in custody at the Dunn County Jail awaiting a court appearance.

Captain Kevin Bygd

Dunn County, WI

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