Two students have been found dead from suspected overdoses within 24 hours at Orange Coast College’s student housing The Harbour.
Amonie Palmer, 18, was found unresponsive yesterday at the student housing on campus. Her identity was confirmed by OCC’s Juan Gutierrez, Director of Marketing and Public Relations. The identity of the second student, Robert Stell, 33, has been confirmed by Sgt. Dennis Breckner at the Orange County Coroner’s office. Both students are suspected to have died from an overdose. He confirmed the next of kin of both families have been notified.
Stell died at 12:40 a.m. on Feb. 9 and Palmer’s time of death was determined to be later at 10:46 a.m. on that morning. Palmer’s body was discovered before Stell’s, both at The Harbour.
The Costa Mesa Police Department is looking into a possible connection or relationship between the two students.
“I urge you to stay away from illegal substances, the use of which can put in extreme danger that can lead to death,” OCC President Angelica Suarez said in an email to students.
OCC is providing counseling services both onsite and remotely to students through the Student Health Center. For more information or help with addiction, contact 714-432-5808. The Orange County Narcotics Anonymous 24-hour helpline is also available at 714-590-2388.
If any students have knowledge of illegal substances being distributed on campus, contact OCC’s Campus Safety at 714-432-5555 or the Costa Mesa Police Department at 714-432-5252.
This is a developing story. Follow Coast Report for more updates.