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Washington State Casino Winner’s Death Caused By Meth, Autopsy Shows

A Spokane, Wash., woman died from a methamphetamine overdose, a local medical examiner has ruled. A few days before her death in February, she won a jackpot at the Northern Quest Resort & Casino.

The apartment building in Spokane, Wash. where Jenny Jones was discovered. She passed away in her apartment in February soon after winning a casino jackpot. Her death was ruled accidental from a meth overdose. (Image: KREM)

Last week, the Spokane County Medical Examiner also said the passing of Jenny Jones, 46, was accidental, according to local media reports.

In February, she was found inside her apartment. Police at that time described Jones’ passing as “suspicious.”

Case Closed

However, with the recent ruling by the medical examiner, no charges will be filed. The investigation was closed, according to the Spokesman-Review, a newspaper based in Spokane.

In February, Jones told her mother over the phone she won while playing at Northern Quest casino. Her phone then went dead.

Her mother and stepfather became worried and went to her apartment for a wellness check. Her stepfather found her passed away. She was face down in the living room, according to police reports. There was blood on her face and shirt.

A small knife was nearby. The door to the apartment was unlocked.

It is unknown how much money Jones had won at the casino.

Suspected Heart Ailment

Jones’ relatives initially attributed the death to a chronic heart condition. On Feb. 25, a poster on Casino.org who identified himself as Curtis Moore and Jones’ fiance wrote, “Jenny passed away from heart complications — a condition she was born with and has lived a normal, happy life with.”

Relatives and friends also criticized the news media’s coverage of her passing.

The Northern Quest is owned and operated by the Kalispel Tribe. It is located in Airway Heights, which is about nine miles west of Spokane.

Ed Silverstein

Gaming Law, Tribal Gaming, Crime, Gaming Research----An award-winning journalist with credits ranging from the Associated Press to American Lawyer Media, Ed joined the Casino.org news team in 2019 with decades of legal reporting expertise under his belt. His past reporting and editing assignments include Cowles Business Media, Columbia University Press, the Connecticut Post, and Southern Connecticut Newspapers, Inc. Besides the law and its application to the gaming industry, Ed’s areas of expertise span business, courts, crime, politics, education, and state and local government. With an undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut (where he now lives), and master’s degrees from Harvard and Yale, Ed’s professional awards include recognition from the New England Press Association and New England AP News Executives. Email: ed.silverstein@casino.org

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