Narcotics detectives from the Specialized Investigations Division’s Neighborhood Safety Unit are leading the investigation into the suspected overdose deaths (potentially fentanyl) of two men and the revival of a third man who were all found unresponsive on 6th Avenue North downtown at 4:40 a.m. today.
The deceased are identified as Joshua Wolfe, 34, of Elkhorn, Nebraska, and Karl Smith, 25, of Lac la Biche, Alberta, Canada. The survivor, who was revived after being administered Naloxone, is a 26-year-old friend of Wolfe and is also from Elkhorn, Nebraska.
The two Nebraska men arrived in Nashville together last Friday and were due to leave today. Smith was visiting Nashville with a relative and was also due to leave today. There is no indication that Smith and the two Nebraska men knew each other prior to apparently meeting in the entertainment district last night/early this morning.
Detectives are reviewing downtown surveillance footage in an effort to determine who, if anyone, may have sold or given the victims an illicit drug. The surviving victim has met with detectives but said he does not remember what took place. Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.
For those seeking treatment for drug addiction, the Community Overdose Response Team (CORT) can help. CORT is a free and confidential resource to help find drug and alcohol treatment for individuals who are at risk of an overdose. The service is offered free of charge regardless of health insurance status. The team works with an individual to determine the appropriate level of care (e.g., detox, residential, or outpatient treatment, etc.). To make a referral or learn more about this resource for our community, call CORT at 615-687-1701.