Autopsy Finds Heroin Caused Death Of Pregnant Woman Found In Car


A Delaware County woman who was found dead on Aug.1 died of heroin intoxication, according to an autopsy released on Monday.

Deanna Ballman's body was found in a vehicle near Bevelheimer Road and state Route 605, near Westerville. The 23-year-old was nine months pregnant.

The autopsy revealed that Ballman had a puncture mark on her left thigh and possibly had heroin in her purse.

She also had morphine and codeine in her blood system at the time of her death and had morphine, monoacetylmorphine, codeine, acetylocodine and diacetylmorphine in her urine.

Ballman also had a 1/4 inch contusion on her left elbow.

Family members filed a police report stating that Ballman disappeared after responding to a Craigslist advertisement. Law enforcement agencies combed a New Albany neighborhood looking for clues.

The Delaware County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate this case as a suspicious death.

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