3 dead, including mother, in mass fentanyl overdose in north Georgia

WALKER COUNTY, Ga. — Three people were found dead in a mass fentanyl overdose in northwest Georgia earlier this week.

A family member went to check on one of the victims at a home in Chickamauga in Walker County Monday morning and found all three people suffering from overdoses.

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The sheriff has identified the victims as 37-year-old Carla Joan Quillen, 55-year-old Kevin Leroy Walker and 70-year-old Donald Ray Wallin.

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First responders determined that the three had died hours earlier.

Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson tells the Chattanooga Times Free Press that the most likely cause of death was from smoking or inhaling fentanyl, a synthetic opioid.


Quillen was the mother of two daughters, one of whom has special needs, according to a GoFundMe account set up to help the family with funeral expenses.

Wilson said no arrests have been made.

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“It is our desire to search out and find the persons responsible for the drug being at this home,” Wilson said, “for the individual that ultimately sold the product and caused the deaths.”

The Associated Press contributed to this story.