L.A. NOW

Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

FBI investigating 91-year-old woman's mail-order suicide kits

May 26, 2011 |  9:22 pm

A helium hood like those sold by Sharlotte Hydorn is shown in this photo from the Journal of Medical Ethics.

The FBI carried out search warrants this week at the home of a 91-year-old San Diego County woman who allegedly sells do-it-yourself suicide kits in the mail.

Witnesses told KTLA News that agents removed computers and other records from the home of Sharlotte Hydorn on Wednesday.

The Associated Press reported that an Oregon man used one of the suicide kits to take his life earlier this year. According to AP's Tami Abdollah:

The death of 29-year-old Nick Klonoski has prompted Oregon lawmakers to consider outlawing the sale of suicide kits as they respond to a disturbing twist on the assisted suicide debate in the state. Law enforcement officials are also looking into the 91-year-old woman who sold the "helium hood" that killed Klonoski, with agents raiding her California home on Wednesday. The Oregon legislation, prompted by a March story in The Register-Guard of Eugene about Klonoski's death, would make it a felony to sell or transfer "any substance or objects to another person knowing" that person plans to use it to kill themselves.

Hydorn could not be reached for comment.

ALSO:

Oregon death sparks debate over suicide kits

Costa Mesa worker who jumped from City Hall roof had cocaine in his system, coroner says

Venice homeless to report potholes to city

Lindsay Lohan begins serving house arrest

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: A helium hood like those sold by Sharlotte Hydorn is shown in this photo from the Journal of Medical Ethics. Credit: Journal of Medical Ethics via KTLA News

Comments 

Advertisement










Video