Autopsy reveals no cause in teen's death in CVS Pharmacy parking lot

benw@ledger-enquirer.comJune 15, 2013 

No injuries were found on the body of an Alabaster, Ala., teen whose decomposed body was found Friday in the parking lot of CVS Pharmacy on Double Churches Road, Columbus authorities said Saturday.

Deputy Muscogee County Coroner Freeman Worley said an autopsy didn’t discover any injuries to Steven Bradley Foster. An officer on routine patrol discovered the body in the back of a Ford Escape after checking the vehicle in the parking lot.

Worley said the crime lab in Atlanta will now conduct toxicology tests to check for drugs in the teen’s body. Police said the teen may have been dead up to four days.

“They want to rule out that there were no drugs involved,” Worley said. “That is what that will do. It will test for drugs and do a quantatative level to see if it was a lethal amount.”

Results of a toxicology test could take three to six months.

Joe Foster said he’s still waiting for answers in his son’s death. He said Steven ran away from home about a week ago in his SUV and the family hadn’t heard from him.

When contacted Saturday, the father said his son had used what teens called “Triple Cs,” a cold, cough and congestion medication that’s available over the counter at drug stores. “If you take the whole box, you get some hallucinogenic high off of them,” Foster said.

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