A Villa Ridge man who attempted to hide the death of a Pacific man killed in a fatal synthetic heroin overdose has been charged.
Joshua L. Day, 32, was charged in Franklin County Associate Circuit Court with felony delivery of a controlled substance in connection with the death of a man. He is being held in the Franklin County jail on a $50,000 cash-only bond.
Family members of a 24-year-old Pacific man contacted the Franklin County Sheriff’s office Wednesday, Nov. 1, after they found his body in a car parked in the rear of the Daniel Boone Inn & Suites, Gray Summit, according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department.
The victim was found in the passenger seat of his vehicle covered with a coat and a sheet. The victim’s keys and cellphone were not with his body, authorities said.
The previous day, the victim and Day had driven to St. Louis to buy heroin, Sheriff Steve Pelton said.
The drugs were later determined to contain U-47700, a synthetic opioid that claimed the life of a St. Clair couple last month.
Authorities allege Day and the victim had gone to the hotel with the drug, and Day left the victim in the car. Day allegedly found the man dead in the car a few hours later.
Pelton said Day allegedly took the man’s keys, cellphone, wallet and the remaining U-47700. Day then covered the victim with a sheet to keep him from being detected, authorities said.
Day disposed of the keys and cellphone over the next few days to prevent authorities from locating the victim.
Day was arrested Saturday, Nov. 4, at a home in Union.
The sheriff’s office was assisted by Union police, the Multi-County Narcotics and Violent Crimes Enforcement Unit and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Pelton said additional charges are being sought against Day.
Day has two felony drug possession charges pending.
He was charged in April in St. Louis County following an arrest by Maryland Heights police. He was released after $7,500 bond was paid by a bondsman.
In January he was charged with possession of a controlled substance in Jefferson County. A bondsman paid a $4,000 bond for Day’s release.