Heroin, alcohol called likely cause of man's death

January 07, 2004

Howard County police said yesterday they believe the death of an Eastern Shore man found two weeks ago at a Jessup motel was likely caused by a combination of heroin and alcohol in his system, and not foul play.

Police discovered the body of Eugene Paul McAllister, 44, of Chestertown in his Toyota Corolla about 7:30 p.m. Dec. 23 on the parking lot of the Greenway Motel in the 7700 block of Washington Blvd. He had been reported missing to authorities on the Eastern Shore on Dec. 19 after he was last seen dropping off a family member at Baltimore-Washington International Airport the day before, police said.

The cause of death was not evident at the time, but an investigation found no evidence of a homicide. Preliminary autopsy results revealed a combination of drugs and alcohol in McAllister's system, police said. McAllister was not carrying identification and had to be identified through photographs, police said.

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