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Suspected Heroin Death Is Second In Cortlandt This Week

Cortlandt State Police and Buchanan police are both investigating deaths linked to heroin.
Cortlandt State Police and Buchanan police are both investigating deaths linked to heroin. Photo Credit: File Photo

CORTLANDT, N.Y. -- Two deaths that occurred within a span of six days this week in Cortlandt have been linked to heroin.

Tyler Seger, 20, was found unresponsive in his Cortlandt home on Thursday afternoon, according to Trooper Melissa McMorris of the New York State Police.

Paramedics took him to Hudson Valley Hospital Center where he was pronounced dead.

According to LoHud.com, Seger may have died of a heroin overdose though McMorris said State Police would not comment until receiving the toxicology report which could take several weeks.

On Sunday at 7:21 p.m., Buchanan police responded to the residence of 23-year-old Thomas Coogan, after a 911 call of a possible overdose and an unresponsive male, Police Chief Brian Tubbs said.

CPR was administered, but Coogan died at Hudson Valley Hospital. While police are awaiting toxicology results. Tubbs suspected heroin as the cause.

"Heroin is cheap and it seems to be available," Tubbs said. "Unfortunately there seems to be a lot more young people using heroin."

Tubbs said police monitor what goes on in the village and investigate reports.

"We do everything we can," Tubbs said.

Tubbs said the police often work with county police to coordinate investigations as heroin often impacts multiple communities.