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Ohio woman says drug-addicted son died after Irma transfer

Posted at 11:55 AM, Sep 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-18 05:48:33-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio woman says her drug-addicted son has died of an apparent overdose after being abruptly released from a Florida treatment center ahead of Hurricane Irma.

Kristy Herndon Whaley, of Westerville, says the body of 25-year-old Kyle Whaley was found behind a strip mall in Delray Beach, Florida, on Wednesday.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Kyle Whaley studied economics and statistics at Ohio State University before becoming addicted to pain pills and dropping out in 2015.

His mother said he was relocated to Florida from Ohio for treatment due to lack of available beds.

When Legacy Healing Center, northwest of Fort Lauderdale, evacuated Sept. 8, Whaley said her son somehow wound up unsupervised at a sobriety house miles away rather than at the center's evacuation site.

The center declined comment.