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Police launch investigation after step-daughter of doctor charged in overdose deaths of seven patients is found dismembered in Dallas lake

July 19, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Police launch investigation after step-daughter of doctor charged in overdose deaths of seven patients is found dismembered in Dallas lake

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The dismembered body of a stepdaughter of a doctor, who has been charged in the fatal overdoses of seven patients, has been discovered dead in a lake.

The Daily Mail reported that 17-year-old Mikayla M. Mitchell was discovered in a Dallas park on Sunday, less than a week after her step-father, 56-year-old Howard Gregg Diamond, was taken into custody on federal prescription drug fraud.

Diamond’s attorney, Peter Schulte, announced in a statement that “there is no connection” between his client and the girl’s murder, and said that the media is “ruthless” for trying to establish a link.

Mikayla was found murdered near a Park, South Dallas

Mikayla was discovered dead near William Blair Jr. Park at just before noon on Sunday and was the victim of homicidal violence, police announced without revealing any additional details.

However, a friend of the family, Sunshine Grigg, said to Fox4 News that detectives had told the family that Mikayla’s remains were recovered dismembered with apparent signs of torture.

Grigg said the teen had been hanging out with the wrong crowd that she met through Facebook and ran away from home to stay with them in Abilene, which is located 180 miles away from Dallas.

No suspects have been identified in the case, and authorities are calling upon the public to assist.

Feds have charged Howard Diamond in a prescription drug fraud case

The girl’s gruesome killing occurred just days after her step-father was charged on a variety of counts including health care fraud and conspiring to distribute controlled substances.

Prosecutors argue that Diamond started writing prescriptions in 2010 that had no valid medical purpose. The prescriptions were for drugs such as fentanyl, hydrocodone, and morphine.

Authorities say the fatal overdoses took place in the Texas cities of Abilene, McKinney and Sulphur Springs, and in Ardmore, Hugo, Idabel and Yukon, Oklahoma.

The victim’s body was found in this small lake. A family friend said her body had been dismembered and showed signs of gruesome torture

In each incident, the seven victims died within a month of getting their prescription from Diamond, according to the indictment. One person filled a prescription for methadone in May 2013 and overdosed two days later.

In another example, a woman identified in the indictment as T.H. filled a prescription in 2014 for alprazolam, morphine, oxycodone, and zolpidem and died ten days later.

Diamond pleaded not guilty.

He is also accused of defrauding Medicare of tens of thousands of dollars by filing false claims.

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