(Batesville, Ind.) - An arrest has been made in connection with the death of an Ohio man that was found deceased in his room at a Batesville hotel last year, Batesville police said.
Eileen Nichole Presley, 27, of Batesville, was arrested Wednesday for Reckless Homicide (Class C felony), Dealing in a Schedule I Drug Heroin (Class B felony), Failure to Give Notice of a Suspicious Death (Class D felony), and Theft (Class D felony).
On July 18, 2011, staff at the Hampton Inn was notified by the employer of Michael McKenna, 39, of Sandusky, Ohio, that McKenna had not been to work in over a week. Upon checking McKenna’s room, they found him deceased and notified law enforcement immediately.
Autopsy results listing the cause of death as “acute heroin intoxication” were released on September 19, 2011.
A thorough and lengthy investigation led Batesville Chief of Police Stan Holt and Detective Sergeant Mike Benjamin to Knoxville, Tennessee and West Union, Ohio to interview potential witnesses. Eventually, the case was submitted to Franklin County Prosecutor Melvin Wilhelm, who filed the charges against Presley.
“Investigators believe that Presley knowingly gave McKenna heroin with the pretense of it being a different drug,” Holt said in a news release. “They also believe that after Presley discovered McKenna was deceased, she removed items from his room and failed to notify authorities of his death.”
Presley is currently being held in the Franklin County Justice Center in Brookville.
Holt said Presley should be considered innocent until proven guilty.