Authorities: Murdered girl’s mother dies of overdose

BARTOW, Fla. – Authorities say the mother of an 11-year-old Florida girl was killed after being kidnapped in 2004, died of a heroin overdose.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said Thursday that Susan Schorpen’s death is one of the eight fatal overdoses investigated in the central Florida county.

The Herald-Tribune reports of the 47-year-old woman died April 10.

Schorpen’s plea for the return of Carlie after she was kidnapped by Joseph P. Smith, of a car wash in the spell of the country for a period of six days of searching, in February 2004. The girl’s body was found in the woods behind a church less than three miles from where she was kidnapped.

Smith is an attempt to get his death penalty to leave. He was convicted of first-degree murder, sexual battery, and kidnapping.

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