SCSO is investigating a death, which may have occurred from a combination of several chemicals
Detectives are currently conducting a death investigation in the 3500 block of Richwood Link Road in Sarasota.
Deputies initially responded to the area after receiving a call at 10:57 a.m., regarding a female in a vehicle who was possibly deceased. When deputies and personnel from the Sarasota County Fire Department arrived, they confirmed the female was deceased.
Based on preliminary investigation, detectives believe the female utilized a combination of several chemical substances to cause her own death.
Due to the chemicals, HAZMAT personnel responded and a sweep was conducted of the nearby apartment complex. No one was injured however, residents were contained to their homes for a short period of time out of an abundance of caution. The roadway has since been cleared.
Our Criminal Investigations Section will continue their investigation and as always, an official cause of death will be determined and released by the Medical Examiner’s Office. Next of kin is being notified.
No further updates are expected today.