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Friends Investigated in Death of Teen

Friends Investigated in Death of Teen

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Tonya Papanikolas ReportingDraper police are looking closer into the death of Amelia Sorich, who died of a drug overdose last month.

Investigators are now taking blood and hair samples from one of the friends suspected of dumping Sorich's body in the hills. Police want to make sure the witnesses' stories match the evidence.

Last month 18-year-old Amelia Sorich died of a drug overdose. Police say her friends panicked and dumped her body in the hills above Bountiful.

19-year-old Jason Calacino and 18-year-old MaCall Petersen were booked on charges of desecrating human remains. But police want to make sure they didn't play a larger role in Sorich's death.

Sgt. Jerry Allred, Draper Police: "Any time we have an overdose, we're really going to be careful to make sure there wasn't any culpability or responsibility on any of the parties involved."

To find out, police have filed a search warrant to obtain hair, fibers and body fluids from Petersen. They say they will use it to corroborate her story, and they could do the same with Calacino in the future.

Draper police handled a similar case recently. In March friends dumped the body of Zachary Martinez near the Point of the Mountain. Police say he had also overdosed. Now police have a message for young people.

Sgt. Allred: "If you're in a situation and you're partying or whatever, and someone at the party gets themselves in trouble, I think you have a human responsibility to make sure they get the help they need. I'm here to tell you they definitely have a legal responsibility to get the help they need."

Police say they intend to go after anyone who's complicit in a drug death. Recovering drug addict Matthew Wall says that's fair.

Matthew Wall, Recovering Drug Addict: "I think if you give addicts a way to avoid responsibility, they're going to take it. Everyone there plays a responsibility; when you're sitting there using drugs, whether you're smoking it, snorting it or shoving a needle in your arm, you're basically taking a gamble with your life."

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