Whitman teen reportedly died of meth overdose

COLFAX, Wash. (AP) - The Spokane County Medical Examiner has identified a body found in a shallow grave on Wednesday as 17-year-old Donavin Stapert of the Whitman County town of Malden.

The body was dug up near the town of Chatteroy, and the identity was released Friday.

Meanwhile, court documents filed Thursday in Whitman County describe how Stapert died and how suspects tried to hide his body.

KREM reports ( http://bit.ly/XgBNah) a witness told investigators that Stapert passed out and died March 6 after eating chunks of methamphetamine.

Three people jailed in connection with the case are accused of providing Stapert with the drug and covering up his death.


Information from: KREM-TV, http://www.krem.com/

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