JAMESTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) - A series of drug overdoses is responsible for two deaths and the tearing apart of a group of friends in Ottawa County.
Investigators say Jordon Bauer died of a heroin overdose on Saturday at a home on Stable Drive in Jamestown Township. It happened just a month after the same drug claimed his friend's life.
A neighbor, who asked not to be identified, spoke with WZZM 13 about Bauer's death.
"I've seen him before, he was a friend of a friend."
A month before Jordon Bauer's death, investigators say another man died in the same house with the same drug.
"It does seem like there was a lot of-- I guess you could say 'partying' going on," says the neighbor. "The decisions you make shape who you are."
The homeowner, Blake Windham, was arrested for violating probation.
"Part of that violation was that he used drugs," says Lieutenant Mark Bennett, with the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department.
Now, investigators are learning that a third man who intentionally overdosed and died in Grandville earlier this year, also knew the other men.
"I've seen a markable increase in death investigations related to drug overdoses, specifically heroin," says Bennett.
In August, Bauer was leading a prayer vigil for his step-brother, Jackson Kreiser, a missing hiker who was eventually found dead in Glacier National Park in Montana. Meanwhile, investigators say Windham's four-year-old son, who was at home during the incident, has been turned over to another family member.
"His son is the same age as mine, I feel bad for his son," says the neighbor. "I hope God has a good plan for his son and can take him away from all that."
Investigators say Windham has not yet been charged with any drug crimes related to the incidents, but those are possible in the future.