Duo charged after friend’s overdose [UPDATED]

Published 10:46am Wednesday, May 22, 2013 Updated 4:00pm Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Two Fergus Falls residents were charged with second degree manslaugher, burglary and theft, all felonies, after allegedly leaving a friend’s home after she’d overdosed and died in September. The report then alleges, they returned to steal drugs from her residence.

Melissa Ann Qualley, 31, and Travis Charles Simon, 33, were also charged with gross misdemeanor interference with a dead body-concealing evidence. Their first court appearances were Monday, May 20.

According to the criminal complaint, Qualley and Simon were doing drugs with a friend at her residence, in the 700 block of South Oak Street in Fergus Falls, on the evening of Sept. 17, 2012. Qualley reportedly saw her friend use at least 20 methadone before she passed out. The victim died of an overdose due to toxic levels of amitriptyline-hydrochloride, according to autopsy results. Qualley thought the victim was sleeping, and she and Simon left, the report says.

They allegedly returned to the residence at 3 a.m. and stole the victim’s narcotics including methadone, vicodin and oxycodone. Qualley later told police that they decided to wait until the next morning to report the death, when they wouldn’t be so high, according to the report.

Qualley and Simon reportedly returned to the victim’s residence later on Sept. 18 and Qualley called 911 at 12:51 p.m., saying she found her friend passed out, unresponsive and cold to the touch.

Both Qualley and Simon are scheduled in court again June 3.

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