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Police investigating murder by drug overdose at Northern Quest Casino

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 14, 2020

The Spokane County Prosecutor's Office says a Kalispel tribal police office officer was justified when he shot at a fleeing suspect in the parking lot of Northern Quest Resort & Casino in June.  (Nick Geranios / The Associated Press)
The Spokane County Prosecutor's Office says a Kalispel tribal police office officer was justified when he shot at a fleeing suspect in the parking lot of Northern Quest Resort & Casino in June. (Nick Geranios / The Associated Press)

Kalispel tribal police are investigating a woman’s drug-overdose death at Northern Quest Casino as a homicide.

Witnesses say a man with whom she spent the night refused to call police about her overdose because he had a warrant out for his arrest, according to court documents.

A Kalispel Tribal Police Department officer responded to a report of ongoing CPR in a hotel room at Northern Quest Casino Wednesday morning and found an unidentified woman dead, according to court documents.

Carrie Parke, a former certified nursing assistant, was performing CPR on the woman when police arrived. Parke was accompanied by her boyfriend and son, court documents say.

Parke told police that a man only known to her as “Mike” had Facebook messaged her to come “get us” from the casino, where he said “this girl is about to overdose,” according to the documents.

She said Mike gave her the key to the hotel room and asked her to check on the woman, who police say was between the age of 25 and 35, though they have not identified her, the documents say.

Parke said she met a woman she didn’t know standing outside the hotel room. She added the woman inside the room had apparently overdosed, and Parke felt a slight pulse but no breath.

Parke’s son told police he found Narcan in the room and applied it to the woman’s nose. Jamie Neidffer, Parke’s boyfriend, said Mike was a friend but he did not know the man’s last name, court documents say.

The woman who’d been standing outside the room told police she had met Mike the night before with the now-dead woman sometime between midnight and 2 a.m. while standing in line at Fatburger. She exchanged phone numbers with Mike, court documents say.

She told police she had not entered the hotel room, substantiated by security footage, but she got a text from Mike in the morning saying the woman did not look good and had been taking “oxys,” court documents say.

She said she told Mike to call police but that he did not because there is a warrant out for his arrest.

Surveillance shows the man known as Mike entering the hotel room at 1:27 a.m. and leaving around 8:35 a.m. in a white Audi. Footage showed the now -dead woman driving the car the night before, documents say.

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