Death ruled accidental, drug related

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The death of a Belton man whose body was found in a storage building in Williamston Monday has been ruled accidental. Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said the man died of drug toxicity.

Timothy Brad Owens, 36, suffered a “poly-drug death,” according to Shore. Shore said Owens had been abusing Fentanyl patches, which are prescribed for sever and chronic pain management.

According to Shore, Owens was chewing the patches to ingest the drug orally. He also said Owens had marks on his arms indicating intravenous drug use.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) will do a full toxicology report after analyzing the drugs found in the man’s body. The report usually takes several weeks, according to Shore.

Owens’ girlfriend was with him when the death occurred and was taken to the Williamston Police Department for questioning after giving conflicting information. She was later released and no charges have been filed in the incident.