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Verndale deaths ruled overdoses

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Wadena, 56482
Wadena Minnesota 314 S. Jefferson, P.O. Box 31 56482

The deaths of two Verndale residents, whose bodies were discovered March 6, have been ruled prescription drug overdoses.

Wadena County Coroner Tom Speed said Head Coroner Tim Schmidt ruled the deaths of Steven Roger Hanebuth, 46, and Jeanie Marie O' Connor, 45, as prescription drug overdoses.

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The deaths were officially recorded as undetermined cause, meaning whether the overdoses were accidental or not may never be determined. However, authorities said there was no foul play.

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