Cleveland, Tennessee, police make arrest in fentanyl overdose death

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Cleveland, Tennessee, police have arrested a woman after they found a man dead in his apartment from a drug overdose.

On Aug. 24, Joseph Thomas, 37, was found dead at his apartment in Cleveland. Detective Matt Landolt led the investigation for the Cleveland Police Department and determined that Thomas had died of an overdose that involved fentanyl.

Thomas' mother had found him after she told officers she had not spoken to him in about a week, according to an incident report. The two had agreed to meet for lunch that week but when she came to pick him up, Thomas' car was not there.

The day he was found, Thomas' mother came back to the apartment and the door was unlocked.