Boone Police have released the name of the man found deceased inside an Oak Street apartment on Wednesday.
Daniel Lewis Fritz, 27, of 196 Oak Street Unit #10, was found around 1pm when police were called to check on his welfare. Fritz lived alone and was an Appalachian State student, according to the police report.
Police found several items that can be used to manufacture the drug known as “DMT”. DMT is a hallucinogenic drug that is gaining popularity among the college age population of the United States. Investigators stopped their investigation of the crime scene upon the discovery and called the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (NCSBI). The NCSBI Clandestine Laboratory Response Team responded to the scene, and as a precaution the residents of the apartment building were asked to relocate until the NCSBI completed their work at the scene. The NCSBI properly removed all items that could be hazardous to health and the death scene investigation was completed.
Boone Police say that investigators saw no signs of foul play and an autopsy was completed Thursday at Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem, NC. Investigators are awaiting the full autopsy and toxicology reports to help determine the cause of death