UPDATED: Police Identify Teen Found Dead at Wing Lake

Bloomfield Township resident Oliver Smith, 18, was discovered by a fisherman Saturday. Police said he died of apparent overdose of K-2.

Bloomfield Township police believe that 18-year-old Oliver Smith died of an apparent drug overdose that is directly related to his smoking herbal essence, commonly referred to as Spice or K-2, according to a news release.

Smith's body along the shore of the lake, located east of Franklin Road and stretches to Wing Lake Road between Quarton and Maple.

Smith's official cause of death won't be determined until toxicology test results are complete, which could take a few weeks, Capt. Scott McCanham said Tuesday morning. However, the Oakland County Medical Examiner classified Smith's death as accidental following an autopsy Sunday.

McCanham said there is no reason to suspect foul play, but declined further comment Tuesday morning.

The tragedy is the latest incident where authorities say K-2, a synthetic drug that has effects similar to marijuana, yet is legal in Michigan, has played a role. The attorneys for Sandra Layne said her 17-year-old grandson, Jonathan Hoffman, may have been under the influence of K-2 and in their West Bloomfield condominium on May 18.

The drug may also have been in the system of Tucker Cipriano when the 19-year-old Farmington Hills resident and friend Mitchell Young, 20, , killing his father Bob Cipriano.

Oliver attended and is the older brother of a current student at the school, according to an email sent to parents and community members Tuesday morning. Counselors are available to any student seeking help.

Visitation for Smith is 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at , 1368 N. Crooks Rd. (between 14 and 15 Mile roads) in Clawson. A funeral mass is scheduled at 11 a.m. Thursday at , 6869 Franklin Rd. in Bloomfield, according to the email.

Check back with Bloomfield Patch for further updates on this story.

Nancy Besser May 30, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Isaac Barr MD This is a great letter. It should be supported by citizens signatures and sent to everyone for the state of Michigan , including governer Snyder
ALISA DAIEN May 31, 2012 at 12:21 AM
My deepest sympathy goes out to the Smith family. Oliver will be missed by so many and I will always remember his beautiful smile. I encourage everyone to please sign the petition Ryan Young has put together to ban K2. Thank you Ryan for taking the initutive during this trying time to form this petition to eliminate K2. My prayers and thoughts are with the Smith family and all of the friends Oliver left behind. He will truely be missed. Alisa Daien
Neal Charness May 31, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Dr. Baar's intemperate remarks using a family's tragedy to refight the school consolidation further embarasses the community and himself. He has children of his own so he certainly ought to know better. At this point were he show up at my childrens' school I'd have to ask him to leave before calling in the authorities. Who knows what he'd say to children--too risky, and dangerous to education.
uknowimright May 31, 2012 at 12:57 PM
My brother in law smokes that garbage in lieu of weed. Says all the supposed hype over K2 is out of ignorance and that these kids who are supposedly dying of the stuff probably have some other health issue going on. I don't agree, but how do you argue with a drug addict?
Elizabeth February 13, 2013 at 11:54 PM
Very late on the comments, but just to clarify, there were no other kids involved and he DID get there by foot. He lived very close by. There are houses up and down that street.


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