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MENOMONIE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A search warrant shows a man admitted to giving a UW-Stout student Oxycodone the night she died.

23-year-old Jesse Jensen was found dead last month in her apartment on 6th street in Menomonie.
Toxicology tests are pending in the case, and there's also no word on her cause of death.

WEAU-13 News obtained a copy of the search warrant in the case.

The search warrant says 28-year-old David Thorne of Owen said he gave Jensen Oxycodone at about 9pm on January 21st.
He said after, the two of them went out drinking.
Thorne found Jensen without a pulse later that night.

“It’s a big concern, because of a very tragic situation here,” said UW-Stout Dean of Students Joan Thomas.

Thomas calls Jensen’s death an isolated incident.
She says the University runs into drug problems on campus but that those drugs are limited to Adderall and marijuana.

“We have not seen a prescription drug problem on our campus,” she explained.

The Menomonie Police Department says prescription drug-abuse is a concern in the city.

“A lot of times with these opiates like Oxycodone, we will look at it as a potential gateway drug for those persons who end up using heroin,” said the Menomonie Chief of Police Eric Atkinson.

No charges have been filed in Jensen’s death. In the search warrant David Thorne who was with Jensen the night she died says he gave her a 30mg tablet of Oxycodone.
He went on to say that he warned her not to take the whole thing because that dose would be too much for her.

“If the toxicology reports come back and our medical examiner can confirm that the cause of death was the use of a controlled substance that changes the course of investigation for us; than we focus in on those persons who are responsible with providing her with that particular control substance,” explained Atkinson.

Court records show Thorne is facing a drug charge in Dunn County. It's unrelated to Jensen’s death.

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Court records show that a man admitted giving oxycodone to a UW-Stout student found dead in her apartment last month.

A search warrant says the 28-year-old Owen man told police he gave the drug to 23-year-old Jesse Jensen January 22. He found her without a pulse the next day. The man has not been charged in connection with Jensen's death. The warrant says the man told investigators he warned Jensen not to take the entire oxycodone tablet because it was too much for her.

Toxicology tests are not finished. The cause of her death has not been released.


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