A Howland woman who was found dead at a Port Orange, Fla., tattoo parlor last week died of a drug overdose, according to published reports.
Tamaira Lewis, 25, had several narcotics in her system when she died Monday, the Volusia County Coroner told the Daytona Beach News Journal.
Lewis’ mother, Tammy Glunt, said Saturday there is no evidence at their Howland home or in Lewis’ room that she was involved with drugs. She now is waiting for police to finish their investigation, but says so far they have released only limited details.
Police told the Florida newspaper that Lewis and at least one other person had gone to the tattoo parlor and that Lewis told the owner of the parlor she was tired and asked for a place to lie down.
The owner and another person checked on her about 8:40 p.m. and found that she was not breathing.
Attempts to reach Florida investigators for further comment on Saturday were not successful.
Glunt said her daughter’s friend left her daughter at the parlor and agreed to return when she finished getting the tattoo, but Lewis never called her friend. When the friend didn’t hear from Lewis, he returned to find that she had died, Glunt said.
The two left Ohio on April 2 and by the afternoon the next day, they were in Daytona Beach, Glunt said.
Tamaira Lewis’ sister, Jonta Lewis, 28, described her younger sister as a ”very warm, kind hearted and beautiful woman,” with a ”heart of gold.”
The family is starting a fund to benefit children with cancer in honor of Lewis, said Jonta Lewis, because of her sister’s love for children.
”She’s up in heaven,” said Jonta Lewis. ”She’s our angel looking down on us from heaven.”
Police do not expect charges to be filed, calling the death accidental and self-induced, officers told the Florida paper.