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Autopsy confirms cause of death for NC veteran found with explosive devices in his home

Leland Police Department (Jimmy Smith/Flickr)
October 17, 2021

An autopsy confirmed a Leland man who was found dead in June, and who had explosive devices in his home, died of a drug overdose.

The autopsy, from the N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, said that Keith Napolitano, 60, of Leland, died from “multiple drug intoxication,” including cocaine, methadone and gabapentin. Gabapentin is an an anti-epileptic drug.

On June 25, officers with the Leland Police Department went to Napolitano’s home at 1207 Regalia Lane in the Waterford subdivision. Napolitano, a military veteran, was dead when officers arrived, and they also found at least one explosive device as well as materials that could be used to make additional devices.

In June, a neighbor of Napolitano told the StarNews he had seen police “staking out” the surrounding areas of Napolitano’s home. The neighbor also said they noticed “suspicious” activity around the home, with packages coming in and out often and not by a marked delivery company such as FedEx or UPS.

It is not currently known for what purpose, if any, the devices were intended. The Leland Police Department said no charges are planned to be filed against anyone in relation to the found explosive materials.

According to the autopsy, Napolitano was initially found “unresponsive in his residence by his wife.” The report said he “has had a history of drug abuse and drug paraphernalia was recovered at the scene.”

“Law enforcement also recovered pipe bombs and equipment for the manufacture of explosives from the residence,” according to the autopsy.

In addition, the autopsy also found that Napolitano had an enlarged heart and pulmonary edema, a condition caused by excess fluid in the lungs.


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