Reporting Deputy: Sergeant Ryan Marcuse
File # R222170009
On August 12, 2021, about 4:36 PM, personnel from the Desert Hot Springs Police Department were dispatched to a call of an unresponsive female adult in the 66000 block of Flora Ave., city of Desert Hot Springs. Upon officers' arrival, it was determined a 32-year-old female was having a medical emergency from a possible fentanyl poisoning. The female was transported to a local area hospital where she ultimately died from acute fentanyl toxicity.
In April 2022, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Overdose Death Investigations and Narcotics Unit (ODIN) assumed this case as it was determined the decedent, Noel Roscoe, was a victim of a Fentanyl Poisoning. The investigation continued and a suspect, Chad Hill a 36-year-old resident of Desert Hot Springs, was identified as being the suspect responsible for selling the Fentanyl that killed Roscoe.
On August 11, 2022, chargers were filed against Hill for Murder. Hill is currently in custody on several narcotic sales related offenses at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility. This investigation is ongoing and anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Investigator Hollingsworth at 951-955-1700. As a reminder, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department wants to remind citizens of the dangers of illicit narcotics many which may contain Fentanyl. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 100 times stronger than morphine and can cause death or serious bodily harm.
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