Sarasota Police Department assisting New College of Florida in deaths of 2 students

SARASOTA, Fla. – May 11, 2015 – 12:15 p.m.

Officers with the Sarasota Police Department are assisting New College of Florida in the deaths of two people over the weekend. A 21-year old male, who was a registered guest of the school, died Friday at approximately 3:30 a.m. An 18-year-old male student, who attends New College, died Sunday at approximately 3:30 p.m.

The initial investigation by the Sarasota Police Department show that both deaths appear to be drug related however this will not be confirmed until toxicology reports are completed by the Medical Examiners Office. Toxicology reports could take several weeks.

As a warning to students, residents and visitors, Officers with the Sarasota Police Department have received intelligence that suggests there is an increase of the pharmaceutical drug, Fentanyl, being mixed with street drugs in the Sarasota area. This mixture could have deadly consequences. Officers do not know at this time if this is the case in the deaths of the two people at New College and will not know until toxicology reports are returned.

Anyone with information related to these two cases is encouraged to call Detective Sergeant Tom Shanafelt at 941-954-7089 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online at

Media requesting information from New College of Florida can contact David Gulliver at 941-487-4154 (work) or