Columbia man charged with distributing heroin to teen found dead at Providence Suites

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 | 6:33 p.m. CDT; updated 9:42 a.m. CDT, Thursday, May 8, 2014

COLUMBIA — A Columbia man known as "Doom" was charged in federal court Wednesday with distributing heroin to a 16-year-old who was found dead in a Columbia hotel room in April.

Jon Patrick "Doom" Washington, 27, was charged in connection with the death of the teenager, according to a news release from the office of the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Missouri. Columbia Police earlier identified the teen as Morgan Myers, who had lived in Columbia for about two years.

Police found Myers dead of a suspected heroin overdose in a room at the Providence Suites motel, 1718 N. Providence Road, on April 3.

Myers went missing in early March and had been reported as a runaway, according to previous Missourian reporting.

Police found Myers' body after an unidentified man called 911 and reported finding the girl unconscious in his room at the motel before hanging up. 

The Boone County Medical Examiner has not released an official cause of death.

Columbia police were investigating the case as a homicide before turning it over to the Drug Enforcement Administration in April. The reason for the transfer was not made public.

Washington was brought in for questioning by Columbia police after an informant told police Washington and another person had supplied Myers with the heroin, according to the release.

A warrant has been issued for Washington's arrest.

Supervising editor is Elise Schmelzer.

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