MANKATO — They lived about three blocks apart but the victims apparently didn't know each other, according to information investigators have so far.
The link between Louis Nathan Folson, 22, and Chloe Leah Moses, 17, both of Mankato, is their youthful, tragic deaths and small blue packages with gold crowns on them.
Investigators suspect those packages contained a synthetic drug that both ingested. The small baggies, which were found at their homes, and the way Folson and Moses died have police concerned there are more of those packages containing a potentially deadly drug in the Mankato area.
Police suspect the baggies contained a drug known as 2C, also referred to as "Smiles," that has caused accidental overdoses in other areas. It was used by several people at a party in Blaine in 2011 that killed one teen and made 10 others very ill. The man who provided the drug pleaded guilty to a murder charge. Mankato police said they think the substance is a synthetic cocaine or LSD that comes in a powder or pill form.
"Our main goal is to have people see this as a public safety issue," said Cmdr. Dan Schisel of the Mankato Department of Public Safety. "We want people to come forward. At this point we're still trying to positively identify what was in these packages."
Police were called to Folson's apartment at 100 Glenwood Ave. at 5:33 p.m. March 5. He was brought to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. A woman who also lives in the apartment building said he was lifeless when a friend of Folson's brought her there to help him. She said Folson had vomited and the friend told her he had a bad reaction shortly after taking a pill.
Moses was having seizures when police were called to her house at 11:08 a.m. Saturday. She was taken to the Mankato hospital before being transferred to Minneapolis Children's Hospital. Moses was taken off life support Monday afternoon.