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Danielle Steenbergen (19) was found dead in her basement from a heroin overdose
Published: Dec 21, 2007 @ 2:03 PM
Danielle Steenbergen (19)
Sep 20, 2007
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A Pekin woman died from a heroin overdose - but her killer, the drug dealer who provided the fatal drugs, will likely never face justice for the crime.
A Tazewell County coroner's jury ruled on Thursday that the death of Danielle Steenbergen, 19, was the result of a homicidal drug overdose.
Steenbergen was found dead in a basement bathroom at No. 17 Point East Court in Pekin on Sept. 20.
During the inquest Steenbergen's parents, who were visibly distraught, listened to testimony as to what caused their daughter's death.
Jury members heard from Pekin Police Detective Rick Von Rohr, who said Steenbergen's body was found by her boyfriend, David Kober, around 10 a.m. that morning.
Both Kober and Steenbergen were living with his parents at the time.
Daniel Kober, David's father, told police he loaned Steenbergen $200 the day before for new clothes, however, no new clothes were found and no money was ever recovered.
Daniel also told police he questioned Steenbergen about syringes that were found. She told him they were for injecting medicine she needed for headaches.
Von Rohr said he had never heard of anyone needing to take injections for a headache.
Von Rohr told the jury that police also recovered syringes and other items associated with drug use at the scene.
After further investigation, police were able to find the person who sold the drugs to Steenbergen, however, they were not able to find enough evidence to charge the alleged drug dealer with the crime. For now the investigation is closed.
'We found the man who sold the drugs to her but he was a middleman. When we tried to question him he 'lawyered up' and we never did get anything out of him,' said Von Rohr. 'The only person to connect him to selling the drugs is now deceased.'
The name of the alleged drug dealer, whom Von Rohr said lives in Peoria, has not been released.
Had there been enough evidence, the Peoria man could have been charged in connection with the death of Steenbergen.
'If new evidence ever came to light in this case, since it was ruled a homicidal overdose, then the state's attorney could file charges,' said County Coroner Dennis Conover.
Conover told jury members that an autopsy found the cause of death to be that of an apparent drug overdose and that high levels of heroin were found in her system.
Alcohol, over the legal limit for driving, also was detected.
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