A suspect has been arrested in conjunction with a Nov. 22, 2021 overdose murder that occurred in Midway Township on November 22, 2021.
At 11:17 a.m St. Louis County 911 received a report of a possible overdose at 5544 North Cloquet Rd in Midway Township. Deputies of the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office responded, along with Midway First Responders, Proctor Fire Department, and Mayo Ambulance.
The victim, Kaylee Margaret Englin, was found to deceased. Deputies located evidence at the scene that suggested an opiate overdose. The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office responded to the scene. The cause of death was later determined to be the effects of brorphine, fentanyl, morphine, and xylazine (an animal tranquilizer).
Under Minnesota law, providing controlled substances to an individual which results in their death is a third-degree murder offense. Sheriff’s Office investigators, assisted by the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force (LSDVCTF), conducted an extensive investigation into Kaylee Englin’s death.
Cordaro Demario Ware was identified as a suspect; investigators subsequently developed probable cause that Ware sold Englin the controlled substances that resulted in Englin’s death.
On April 20, 2022, charges were filed by the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office against Ware for third-degree murder, and a warrant was issued for Ware’s arrest. Sheriff’s Office and LSDVCTF investigators conducted a fugitive investigation to apprehend Ware.
On June 7, 2022, Ware was located and taken into custody by investigators.
The Sheriff’s Office would like to highlight the devastating effect fentanyl has on families and communities. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, there were 36 opioid overdose deaths in St. Louis County in 2020 (the most recent year for which data is available). This is an increase in deaths of 240% from 2000, when only 15 opioid deaths were recorded in St. Louis County. In 2020, 60% of these deaths involved synthetic opioids such as fentanyl.
The Sheriff’s Office acknowledges that law enforcement is only one part of the multi-disciplinary work required to address opioid addiction in our community. For those struggling with addiction, the Sheriff’s Office urges caution, as fentanyl has become prolific in the Twin Ports area and is often mixed with, or sold as, other drugs. Fentanyl is up to 50 times more potent than heroin and can be lethal in very small quantities, especially for users unaccustomed to its potency or unaware drugs they have purchased contain fentanyl.
If you or someone you know is experiencing addiction, there is help available. Contact SAMHSA’s 24-hour National Helpline at 1-800-662-4357 to be connected to services.