Shortly before noon on Sunday, the Izard County Sheriff's Department and the Melbourne Fire Department were dispatched to 301 Locust Street in Melbourne in response to a call stating that an 18-year-old male was unresponsive. Fire Chief Rusty Campbell, first to arrive on the scene requested Izard County Coroner Eddie Howard who pronounced Dakota Tweedy dead on the scene. Tweedy's body was taken to the crime laboratory for an exact cause of death determination.
Investigator Charles Melton's initial investigation indicates that a drug party that began Friday night and ended with the death of Tweedy was attended by six people, three of which were juveniles ages 15, 17, and 17. Sheriff Tate Lawrence said the residence occupied by Allen Kipfer, 24, who has previous drug related charges pending and Shadow Fulton, his wife, apparently was the site of a two day party involving vodka, morphine pills and possibly other narcotics. Witnesses indicate that Tweedy may have taken as many as 13 morphine pills.
Sheriff Lawrence said it is likely that criminal charges could be filed as the investigation continues.