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Police: Woman, unborn child dead in suspected overdose; meth suspect arrested

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Lacey Saranpaa, jail booking photo Lacey Saranpaa, jail booking photo

A pregnant woman was pronounced dead, along with her unborn baby, after a suspected drug overdose at an Astoria motel, according to police, and a 19-year-old woman was arrested on meth charges in connection to the investigation. 

Officers were called out to Rivershore Motel on West Marine Drive at 6:50 a.m. Wednesday on a report of an unconscious woman who had reportedly overdosed on heroin.

Medical crews arrived and attempted to resuscitate the woman, who was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead, along with her unborn child. Police said the deaths are suspected to be from a drug overdose.  

The woman was identified as 35-year-old Torae Shufelt of Astoria. An autopsy by the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office in Portland is scheduled for Friday.

Investigators did not release how far along Shufelt was in her pregnancy.

While Astoria police and the Clatsop County Major Crimes Team continues their investigation, officers arrested Lacey Saranpaa, 19, of Astoria, in connection to the case.

She was booked in the Clatsop County Jail on charges of possession and delivery of a controlled substance-methamphetamine, as well as tampering with physical evidence and hindering prosecution.

Police believe there are other people who have knowledge of or were involved in the circumstances leading to Shufelt's death.

Anyone who had recent contact with Shufelt or has additional information that can assist this investigation is asked to contact Detective Nicole Riley or Detective Thomas Litwin at the Astoria Police Department, 503-325-4411, nriley@astoria.or.us or tlitwin@astoria.or.us.

Court records show Saranpaa was already facing charges for three other cases involving charges including meth possession, heroin possession, theft and unlawful entry into a vehicle. 

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