Man dies from suspected overdose

January 17, 2017 GMT

Police believe a 27-year-old Missoula, Montana, man died from a drug overdose during a visit to Jackson over the weekend.

Wesley F. Kiggins was found unresponsive in a house on Josephine Loop just after 5:30 a.m. Saturday.

“The reporting party advised dispatch that the victim was believed to have overdosed,” Jackson Police Lt. Cole Nethercott said.

Residents at the house performed CPR until first responders arrived, but all lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful, Nethercott said.

Kiggins was pronounced dead at 6:53 a.m.

“Based on information from witnesses and evidence collected at the scene, the initial investigation suggests the death was likely the result of an accidental heroin and/or fentanyl overdose,” Nethercott said.

Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue is following up and will determine an official cause of death. It will take two weeks to receive toxicology results, Blue said.

Kiggins was a Georgia native who lived in Jackson until late summer 2016. He was about to start graduate school in Missoula, according to his friends. They said Kiggins was an outdoorsman who loved fishing, snowboarding and golf.

He was fondly referred to as “Wootie” by friends and family, and spent his last days snowboarding with friends at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, where he used to work in food and beverage.

“He was an enormous help to me when I first moved here,” former roommate David Fogg said. “He was a good friend to everyone who knew him.”

Fogg met Kiggins two years ago when they ended up as roommates in Jackson.

“He had a lot of knowledge about skiing and fishing,” Fogg said. “I learned a lot from him.”

Kiggins’ energy was contagious, Fogg said.

“We would go to concerts together,” Fogg said. “He was such a lovable dude.”

Most of his friends will hold on to the last memories they made with Kiggins over the weekend in Jackson.

“We find a small blessing that he passed away surrounded by friends in Jackson, the town that he loved so much,” friends of his said in an email. “Wesley lived with a lot of passion, whether it was snowboarding in the Tetons or fishing the Snake, his enthusiasm was infectious to be around.”

Funeral arrangements are being made in Kiggins’ home state of Georgia. A memorial in Jackson is tentatively planned for Sunday.