Stephens City man’s death ruled drug overdose

Middletown police are investigating what they describe as the suspicious death of a man at a residence in the 2100 block of East First Street on Dec. 20 from a drug overdose.

Authorities say an autopsy and toxicology report showed the victim, identified as Matthew D. Presgraves, 24, of Stephens City, died from an overdose of fentanyl and oxycodone, both prescription painkillers.

Police say Presgraves, who was staying at the residence and was with an older woman at the time of the incident, was taken to Winchester Medical Center and pronounced dead on arrival.

The identity of the woman with Presgraves before his death has not been disclosed. Detective Steve Goldizen is investigating the case with the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force.

“We’re still working the case,” Goldizen said.

Middletown Police Chief Philip Breeden issued a news release Wednesday asking for help from the community in learning more about the circumstances of Presgraves’ death.

“We are interested in hearing from anyone that may have talked to or saw in person Mr. Presgraves on Dec. 20, 2014,” Breeden said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Frederick County Crime Solvers hotline at 665-8477. Individuals can remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.

Information may also be reported to Breeden at 868-0535 or Goldizen at 974-9661.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or

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