Bay drugs death suspect found dead
DRUGS death suspect Craig Wallis has been found dead.
Mr Wallis, 37, from Herne Bay, was arrested in connection with the death of Bay man Mark Creed. Mr Creed died of a drugs overdose in a house in Claremont Street on Saturday March 17.
After being released on bail by police, Mr Wallis checked himself into a mental health ward at Ashford's William Harvey Hospital.
But the diabetic walked out without his insulin on Wednesday April 11.
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His body was discovered in Sweetwillow Wood behind the hospital on Saturday morning.
Mr Wallis had been expected to face Canterbury magistrates on Friday May 11 to answer a charge of supplying a controlled drug.
Kent Police spokesman Lesley Miller said today (Wednesday): "Formal identification has not yet taken place but the death is not being treated as suspicious."
The body was named locally as that of Mr Wallis.
Hospital spokesman Adrian Lowther said: "We would like to offer our condolences to the family of Mr Wallis. We are undertaking a review of this case but the matter is now in the hands of the coronerso we cannot comment further at this stage."
In a further twist in the double-death investigation, homeless Steve Williamson, 44, today claimed he had received death threats.
Mr Williamson, who has been living in a shack in woods at Herne, said: "I took one of the same pills with Mark.
"We were on the seafront and popped them at the same time. I nearly died and was in hospital with an overdose.
"When I heard Mark had died, I told police about the suspect drugs. We were given them by two men known locally as the Chemical Brothers.
"Now I've heard I am being blamed for the deaths of both Mark and Craig. I don't know why. The word on the street is I have seven days to leave town or I'm dead, too."
Police said they were taking the threat seriously.