WPD investigating death at sober house

By Valerie Reddell
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Last Wednesday, Woodville police went to a residence in the 400 block of Pine Street at the request of family members who had lost contact with a 22-year-old man who had recently celebrated 60 days of sobriety. Ethan Ray Tiner had been staying at the Pine Street residence while continuing treatment for alcohol addiction.

Shortly after entering the residence, police found the body of Ethan Ray Tiner of Livingston.

An obituary placed in the Polk County Enterprise indicates that Tiner died Monday.

Woodville Police Captain Mike McCully said his department received a request Wednesday night to check Tiner's welfare.

McCulley said that investigators did not see any indication of suspicious circumstances. An autopsy was conducted in Beaumont which will provide investigators with a cause of death.

Friends of the Tiner family have said that Ethan recently began taking seizure medication.

It will likely take several weeks for the medical examiner in Beaumont to complete the necessary testing.
Meanwhile, family members have planned a funeral service for 2 p.m. Wednesday at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations in Ethan's memory to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research

Police are continuing to investigate what type of business was being operated at the facility.
Woodville police are continuing to interview witnesses to determine when Tiner was last seen.
"We are reaching out to appropriate state officials to determine who is supposed to be supervising activities at that location," McCulley said.

Authorities are continuing to delve into who operated the group home, but it does not appear that any licensure is required to use a residence at a "sober living homes."

"We are trying to determine what requirements there were," McCulley said. "The death may not have been avoidable and it doesn't look like any type of foul play. Several factors are going to have to be considered."

McCulley said he had no information on whether other clients were continuing their stay at that residence."

Cypress Lakes Lodge is located one mile east of this location on Hwy. 287 (Pine St.), a licensed treatment facility for addiction.
Cypress Lakes Clinical Director Jordanna Cook told the Booster on Thursday that her facility is not affiliated with the residence where Tiner died.

"We are saddened to hear the news," Cook said. "It is the hardest part of working with people struggling with addiction."

Cook added that she could not comment on whether Tiner had been a client at her facility.

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