Virginia Police Suspect Drug Overdose Behind Centreville High School Student Death

March 4, 2016 Updated: March 4, 2016
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Virginia police investigating the death of a 17-year-old high school junior say she likely died from a drug overdose.

Officers are first blamed heroin for the death of Alexia Springer but backed off that claim and are now awaiting autopsy results. 

“Detectives believe her death was related to drug-related complication. Detectives have collected a sample of it and they have sent it off to be examined. Once the toxicology lab results come back in, we will be able to confirm exactly what type of substance it was and if it actually had anything to do with her death,” Fairfax County Police Officer Tawny Wright told Fox5.

“I’m not sure exactly where there was a miscommunication. I suppose it is suspected that it could be some kind of opiate drug, but that is beyond our purview to state.”

Family members were upset that Alexia was linked to heroin, although her mom did admit that she likely died from an overdose. 

“I can’t even imagine that I can’t touch her ever again because of some guy giving her drugs,” the mom, Rona Powell, told ABC7.

Friends of Alexia told her family that she was at a party on Monday night where she at one point inhaled a powder. She was also drinking. 

“This was in a family’s home. The parents were there. This happened in a basement in a bathroom, the parents were upstairs,” Powell said. “She didn’t even know what she was taking. She wasn’t that kind of girl.”

Alexia’s body was found on Tuesday morning–she had gone to sleep after arriving home and never woke up.

Anyone with information is being urged to contact Fairfax County authorities.