TORRINGTON >> The Torrington Police Department responded to three suspected overdoses, two fatal, last Thursday, Lieutenant Bart Barown said Tuesday.
According to Barown, officers were dispatched to 33 Prospect Street — listed online as the address of Key Recovery Communities — at 6:53 a.m. to respond to a reported overdose.
Once there, they found Alycia Cimino, 29, of Massapequa, N.Y., who was determined to be unresponsive, then transported to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, where she later died.
At 8:19 a.m., he said, police were then dispatched to 615 South Main Street for another reported fatal overdose.
Kaitlyn Knapp, 21, of Danbury, was found unresponsive and pronounced dead at the scene.
The two incidents are believed to be connected, according to Barown, because the women knew one another.
“The victims were acquaintances,” said Barown.
Whether either death was connected to a drug or caused by an overdose has not yet been determined, Barown said, as toxicology reports from the office of the Chief Medical Examiner have not been released.
The reports are expected in four to six weeks, he said.
He said he was unsure whether naloxone, a medication that reverses opiate overdoses carried by both Torrington and Winsted police, among others, had been administered to either individual.
Cimino is said to have passed away from the “disease of addiction” in a Massapequa obituary, which reads, in part, that she “will be missed by her entire family.”
The Danbury News-Times reported Monday that Knapp died as the result of a heroin overdose.
“She fought hard and battled her demons of this heroin epidemic playing Russian roulette on the heroin battlefield. Once on heroin’s battlefield, it is so hard to find your way out,” reads an obituary for Knapp. “She was so much more than a warrior though. She was a daughter, a granddaughter, a niece, a sister, a cousin, a girlfriend, a friend. As beautiful as she was on the outside, she was even more beautiful on the inside.”
A 28-year-old woman was also found unresponsive at the Stop & Shop location at 118 High Street on Thursday, Dec. 29, Barown said.
She was revived by Campion Ambulance and the Torrington Fire Department, then sent to and released from Charlotte Hungerford Hospital later that day.
The department has not responded to any fatal overdose reports since Dec. 29, he said Tuesday.
The deaths remain under investigation. The public is asked to call the Torrington Police Department at 860-489-2000 to provide information.