Butter Cafe co-founder found dead in restaurant office; OD suspected

Published: Monday, February 11, 2019 @ 10:25 AM
Updated: Monday, February 11, 2019 @ 11:28 AM

Sarah Dudley had co-founded eatery in 2010.

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 is listed in serious condition at Miami Valley Hospital, according to a hospital representative.

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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. 

A request for comment from the restaurant has not been returned.