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New search warrant shows MPD still investigating teen's sudden death after vaping THC

Posted at 4:41 PM, Feb 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-25 19:42:23-05

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police are following new leads in its investigation into a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee student's sudden death, according to a newly released search warrant. His family believes it was caused by vaping THC.

Last Monday, Milwaukee police served a warrant at a home near UWM's campus.

According to the warrant, UWM police received an anonymous tip last November about a male UWM student selling marijuana and THC cartridges from his home. The warrant indicates a woman police interviewed told them Logan Tomasello, the student who died on Oct. 31, 2019, allegedly bought a THC cartridge he used the night of his death from her roommate. The woman told police, she believes her roommate bought that THC cartridge from the male UWM student.

During the search of that student's home, police say they found 4.97 grams of THC and multiple paraphernalia items. The student told police he has sold THC products and advertises the items he wants to sell on Snapchat.

The student was arrested but has not yet been charged. The District Attorney's Office tells TMJ4 News the investigation continues.

Tomasello, 19, died on Halloween last year. His family says he collapsed after vaping THC and nicotine. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner ruled his death "undetermined" after doing extensive testing.
Tomasello's mother still believes her son's THC vaping ultimately led to his death.

"I just couldn't wrap my head around the fact that they had no clue how a healthy young man could just die," Monica Tomasello said. "In my mother's heart, I still feel like it had something to do with THC vaping."

The Medical Examiner says they will do further testing if new information is brought forward. The routine toxicology screen searches for over 400 substances and they also did additional testing on the Tomasello case, sending specimens to outside referral laboratories.

TMJ4 News is not naming anyone in the search warrant as they have not been formally charged.

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