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21-year-old found dead in Hudson motel; drugs suspected

The death of a 21-year-old woman at the Super 8 in Hudson over the weekend appears to be drug and/or alcohol-related according to the Hudson Police Department.

Alysa Jenea Ivy, of Hudson was found dead in a room at the motel around 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, by a 21-year-old male companion. The two had checked into the room the night before. Another person was with them for part of the time the night before but then left.

Ivy's companion awoke around 11 a.m. on Saturday but was unable to revive her. He called authorities who pronounced her dead at the scene.

Chief Marty Jensen said the case is under investigation and toxicology reports are pending. "But drugs and alcohol were found on the scene," said Jensen.

According to the obituary in this week's Star-Observer, Ivy did suffer from addiction in recent years. She moved to Hudson from Texas when she was a sophomore in high school and was a graduate of Hudson High School's Class of 2010.

She is survived by her mother, Karen Hale of Hudson, brothers, Collin Ivy, and Nikolas Hale of Hudson, and Christopher Ivy, Joshua Ivy, and Benjamin Ivy of Texas. She was preceded in death by her father, Jerry Ivy.

A memorial will be held on Friday, May 24 from 3-6 p.m. at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th Street in Hudson. A complete obituary can be found on page 4C of this week's Star-Observer.

Another possible overdose

Jensen also confirmed that the death of a 55-year-old Hudson man two weeks ago is being investigated as a heroin overdose.

Daniel Hennessy, 15 Hope Circle, was found dead on May 2 in his home. He and his wife only recently moved to Hudson. Toxicology reports are pending.

Hudson Police Det. Sgt. Geoff Willems said that heroin use in Hudson has been steadily growing over the past three years and that there have been at least three deaths from overdoses in the last six months. "The heroin here is of a very high quality and cheap for the price. We knew these deaths were going to happen. It was just a matter of time. And these won't be the last ones."

Jensen said his department is short-handed and that they do not have an officer dedicated solely to drug investigations. He asked for the public's help in light of what he believes is becoming an epidemic problem in Hudson.

"We want to encourage anyone with information about drugs in Hudson to contact us. You do not have to give your name but anything you can tell us to point us in the right direction could save a life," said Jensen.

To reach Jensen or Willems call (715) 386-4771.