Man dead, woman hospitalized after suspected overdoses


A Michigan City man is dead and a Michigan City woman was hospitalized, both due to apparent drug overdoses.

Michigan City Police responded to an overdose report in the 300 block of South Street on the afternoon of Sept. 12 and found Dennis E. Barger III, 20, who appeared to have overdosed on opiates. He was transported by La Porte County EMS to Franciscan Health Michigan City, where he was pronounced dead.

While interviewing people in the area, police learned that a woman, 26, had also apparently overdosed. She was also transported to Franciscan.

Police are continuing to investigate and ask anyone with information to contact Detective Josh Leonhardt at (219) 874-3221, ext. 1065, or

Other first responders who assisted were Michigan City Fire Department and LaPorte County Drug Task Force.

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