Michigan City Police say that one person is dead after a drug overdose Sunday afternoon. 

Officers were dispatched to 300 Block of South Street at 12:30 p.m., in reference to a drug overdose.  When officers arrived they assisted LaPorte County EMS and Michigan City Fire Department with 20-year-old Michigan City resident Dennis E. Barger III, who appeared to be under the influence of opiates. Barger III was immediately transported to Franciscan Health Michigan City where he was later pronounced deceased.  

While Officers were speaking with witnesses, a second Michigan City resident, a 26-year-old female, also showed signs of being under the influence of opiates, and was transported to Franciscan Health Michigan City by EMS for treatment.  

The initial investigation has ruled out foul play, however drug related overdose and other possible natural causes have not been ruled out.  

The Michigan City Police Department would ask anyone who may have information about this incident to please contact Detective Josh Leonhardt at (219) 874-3221; Extension 1065 or email at jleonhardt@lpcitypd.com. MCPD would also like to remind the public that you can contact them via Facebook Messenger, through their crime tip hotline number of 219-873-1488, or you can also call the WeTip Hotline for General Crime (800) 78-CRIME and possibly receive a reward upon an arrest and conviction. All WeTip call information is sent directly to the LaPorte County Prosecutor’s Office. You can always request to remain anonymous.