Update from West Midlands Police re the death of a woman at Northfield address on Saturday:
TWO people who died in Birmingham at the weekend have been named as 24-year-old Carl Fearon and 28-year-old Lynette Nock.
Meanwhile detectives continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding their deaths, both of which are, at this stage, being treated as unexplained.
Post-mortems were carried out earlier today (1 May) and both were inconclusive.
Officers now await the results of toxicology tests, which can take a matter of weeks to process.
Carl was found dead at an address in Brindley Drive, Birmingham at around 1:15pm on Saturday (28 April).
Lynette was found collapsed at an address in the Roundabout, Northfield, where a small gathering was taking place, at around 9:04pm on the same day and was taken to hospital where she later died.
Following a number of statements taken and an examination of the Northfield address, police are investigating whether a controlled substance, known as GBL was taken by members of the party.
GBL, which becomes GHB once inside the body, is a Class C drug and although it can be sold legally as a chemical agent, it is illegal to either sell, supply, possess or use it for human ingestion.
Lynette’s Nock’s family today released a statement in which they said: “Lynette was a much loved mum, daughter, sister and auntie. She will be greatly missed.”
The deaths are being treated as separate incidents but police can confirm Carl and Lynette were known to each other.
Detective Inspector Andy Hawkins, from Force CID, said: “The deaths are being treated as unexplained and we now await the results of toxicology tests to establish exactly how Mr Fearon and Ms Nock died.”
Barry Eveleigh, Lead Commissioner for Drug Treatment for the Birmingham Drug and Alcohol Action Team, said: “GBL is a dangerous drug, closely related to GHB.
“Taking GBL or GHB puts users at significant risk of unconsciousness, coma or even death. As both drugs have a sedative effect and can make users feel very sleepy, they have also been linked to drug assisted sexual assault.”