Drugs a possibility in WRHS grads’ deaths

Two Warner Robins High School graduates found dead in the backyard of a Smyrna home may have died from unintentional drug overdoses, police said.

Michael Mead Jr. and Brad Mosteller, both 28, were discovered Saturday morning by one of the men’s girlfriends, said Smyrna police Capt. Jerry Waldrop.

Undisclosed evidence at the scene indicated there “may be illicit drugs involved,” Waldrop said.

Police are waiting for the results of a toxicology report from a GBI crime lab, which could take several weeks, to confirm the cause of the deaths, Waldrop said.

Preliminary autopsy findings did suggest drug overdoses, he said.

However, there was no evidence in the Laurel Bridge Court home to indicate recreational drug use, the officer said.

One possibility police are considering is that if there were illicit drugs involved they were falsely represented to be something they were not, Waldrop said.

Mead, Mosteller and their girlfriends had joined several couples for an evening out Friday, which included attending a play, the officer said.

The four returned to Mead’s home where he lived with his girlfriend, Waldrop said. One of the women told police she fell asleep about 3 a.m., but Mead and Mosteller still were awake. After she woke up, she found the men in the backyard and was unable to wake them, Waldrop said.

The men, who were born a week apart, had been friends all their lives, Waldrop said.

Both graduated from Warner Robins High School in 1998, said Beth McLaughlin, director of community and school affairs for the Houston County school system.

Mosteller was the executive chef of Bridge Catering in Atlanta, according to his obituary.

His father, Bill Mosteller, president of Diagnostic Laboratories of Oklahoma, served as assistant administrator at Houston Medical Center from August 1986 to October 1997, said Priscilla Kennedy, marketing manager for Houston Healthcare.

His mother, Charlotte Mosteller, taught gifted students at Warner Robins High School for more than a decade and was named the Georgia Association for Gifted Children’s Gifted Teacher of the Year during the 1997-98 school year. She joined her husband in Oklahoma at the end of the school year.

His grandparents, Bob and Jean Coleman, reside in Warner Robins.

Mead also worked in the catering-restaurant industry and his family had lived in Warner Robins before moving to Putnam County, Waldrop said.

Information from The Telegraph’s archives was used in this report

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 923-3109, extension 243.