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Death of Garner mom an overdose; investigation continues, Wake Sheriff's Office says

Posted July 12, 2018 2:19 p.m. EDT
Updated January 17, 2019 12:21 p.m. EST

— An autopsy released Thursday ruled the death of a Wake County mother, who was found in a ditch in March, as an accident.

Authorities said the body of Faith Chere Bevan, 24, of 1002 Buckhorn Road in Garner, was found in a ditch in the 7800 block of Caddy Road at about 7:30 a.m. on March 18. According to a search warrant, Bevan was found with her clothes in disarray.

Emergency crews declared her dead at the scene.

A witness previously told police they last saw Bevan getting into a car with a man who admitted exchanging messages with her on the day she died. Last month, search warrants showed the phones of two persons of interest in the case pinged off a cell tower on Caddy Road at about 4:40 a.m. that day, though one of the men denied being in the area.

According to the autopsy, "the cause of death is acute methoxyacetylfentanyl, fentanyl, gabapentin, hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, and ethanol toxicity."

Nicotine, caffeine, and trace amounts of buspirone, duloxetine, and cyclobeanzaprine were also detected.

The report also said Bevan had a history of drug abuse.

John Jones with the Wake County Sheriff's Office said the investigation into Bevan's death is ongoing, and that there are a lot of questions that need to be answered. Authorities do not know if Bevan was put in the ditch, or if she fell in by herself.

In a previous interview, Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison previously said there were no “obvious” signs of trauma on Bevan’s body.

Family members said Bevan was a waitress and a mother of a 5-year-old daughter. That child is being cared for by her father.