By Jeff Shultz
A Glenpool man was the apparent victim of an accidental drug overdose this past weekend, according to the Garvin County Sheriff’s Office.
County Sheriff Larry Rhodes told the News Star that 31-year old Eric Fortenberry was found dead last Saturday morning as he was staying with some friends in the Stratford area.
“Based on our investigation, it looks like he had taken an overdose of some prescription pain pills,” Rhodes said.
Rhodes said Fortenberry was involved in a single vehicle accident on Friday night when he crashed a dirt bike he was riding.
The accident happened on the private property of some friends he was staying with over the holiday weekend.
“Witnesses at the scene of the accident later told investigators that Mr. Fortenberry had crashed the dirt bike and was shaken up by the accident,” Rhodes said.
However, according to Rhodes, Fortenberry claimed he was OK and refused any medical treatment.
The accident was not reported to authorities.
Fortenberry was last seen alive inside the friends’ home shortly after midnight on Saturday morning.
Later that morning he was discovered dead by his friends.
“We found a bottle of prescription pain killers with Mr. Fortenberry at the time of our investigation.
“Based on the amount of pills left in the bottle and when he had acquired the prescription, it appeared he had taken more pills than was prescribed,” Rhodes said.
Rhodes said Fortenberry was taken to the Oklahoma Medical Examiners Office for an autopsy and a definite cause of death would be determined by the M.E.’s office.