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Coroner’s office rules on cause of death of Dayton restaurant co-founder

Published: Monday, February 11, 2019 @ 10:25 AM
Updated: Monday, April 01, 2019 @ 2:40 PM

Sarah Dudley had co-founded eatery in 2010.

***UPDATE (April 1, 2019)***

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office has made a ruling in the cause of death of the co-founder of Butter Cafe restaurant in Dayton after receiving the results of toxicology tests. 

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Sarah Dudley, 39, of Dayton, died of an accidental overdose due to Fentanyl and cocaine intoxication, a spokeswoman for the coroner’s office said today, April 1.  

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Dudley was found dead the morning of Feb. 11 in a room above the restaurant at 1106 Brown St. A second person found unconscious at the scene, 30-year-old David Duncan of Dayton, was treated at the scene with Narcan and taken to Miami Valley Hospital, and was later released.

Dayton Police said they located seven capsules that contained an unknown substance at the scene.

Dudley and business partner Amy Beaver founded the restaurant together in 2010. It remains open and operating. 

***ORIGINAL STORY (Feb. 11, 2019)***

The co-founder of Butter Cafe was found dead from a suspected overdose in an office above the restaurant Sunday morning, according to a Dayton police incident report. 

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Police and medics responded to the Brown Street restaurant around 10 a.m. after co-founder Amy Beaver found two people unresponsive in an office, one of which was her business partner, the report stated. 

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Sarah Dudley, 39, of Dayton, a co-founder of the restaurant, was pronounced dead at the scene and was removed by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. 

File photo of Sarah Dudley a co-owner of Butter Cafe, a breakfast-and-lunch eatery located at 1106 Brown St. in Dayton.(HANDOUT)

Dudley’s official cause of death has not been ruled, according to a coroner’s office spokesperson. 

The other person found unresponsive was identified as Dudley’s boyfriend David Duncan, 30, of Dayton, a former employee of Butter Cafe.

Duncan was revived after medics gave him Narcan and was transported to Miami Valley Hospital, according to the report. 

Duncan was treated at Miami Valley Hospital and later released.

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Police said they located seven capsules that contained an unknown substance were found in the office and were collected as evidence, the report indicates. 

Beaver and Dudley founded the restaurant together in 2010.