UPDATE: Owen Man to be Charged with UW-Stout Student's Death

By: Associated Press/WSAW-TV Email
By: Associated Press/WSAW-TV Email

UPDATE: Wed 5:52 PM, Mar 19, 2014

The Menomonie Police Department is recommending criminal charges against a 28-year-old Owen man accused of providing Oxycodone to a 23-year-old resulting in her death.

Jesse Jensen was found unresponsive inside her home on 6th Street in Menomonie on Jan. 22.

According to a search warrant obtained by WEAU-TV says David Thorne told police he provided the drug to Jensen the night before he found her without a pulse.

Police say toxicology results showed Jensen had a mixture of morphine and Oxycontin in her system and a blood alcohol content of .16.

Thorne is expected to be appear in Dunn County Court Friday in an unrelated case.

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UPDATE: Thurs 11:25 AM, Feb. 13, 2014

MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) -- Court documents filed in Dunn County say a man has admitted giving oxycodone to a University of Wisconsin-Stout student found dead in her apartment last month.

A search warrant says the 27-year-old Owen man told police he provided the drug to 23-year-old Jesse Jensen the night before he found her without a pulse the morning of Jan. 23. The man has not been charged in connection with Jensen's death.

The warrant says the man told investigators he warned Jensen not to ingest the entire oxycodone tablet because it was too much for her. The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram says police continue to investigate Jensen's death. Toxicology tests are not yet complete and the cause of her death has not been released.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Thurs 10:51 AM, Jan. 23, 2014

Menomonie Police are investigating the death of a 23-year-old Clark County woman.

According to WEAU-TV, Jesse Jensen of Owen, was found unresponsive inside her home on 6th Street around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. Jensen was a student at UW –Stout.

Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen has issued a statement following the news. “Our hearts and prayers go out to Jesse’s family and friends, and we offer our condolences to them on the loss of this very promising young woman,” Sorensen said. “We will do everything possible to help them find comfort during this time of great sorrow.”

Autopsy and toxicology results are pending.


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