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    PA - Stephanie Machen, 25, found dead, Bensalem, 16 Feb 2016



    Police have made an arrest in connection with the discovery of a woman's body along a road in Bensalem.

    Erik Finnegan, who police say has no fixed address, is charged with Abuse of a Corpse.

    Police say Finnegan placed the body of 25-year-old Stephanie Machen of Norristown in the 400 block of Mill Road after she died of a drug overdose.

    They say Machen overdosed some time earlier inside a home in the 700 block of West Russell Street in Philadelphia.

    Her body was found at 10 a.m. Tuesday along Mill Road.




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    https://ujsportal.pacourts.us/Docket...R-0002909-2016

    A trial for Finnegan started in October but before it concluded, he plead guilty to one count of abuse of a corpse. Sentencing was one to two years in prison.

    A place to give the mundane its due in Pottstown - February 5th

    http://www.readingeagle.com/news/art...e-in-pottstown

    A group of young women on a maroon velour sofa in a Pottstown apartment chatted about their day.

    It appeared like it a was a typical day in the life of friends.

    But it was different.

    The women share a common bond: they are all recovering opioid addicts.

    They live in Steph's Place, an addiction recovery house in Pottstown, where they lean on one another for support.

    John Machen opened Steph's Place on Aug. 1 in memory of his daughter, Stephanie, who died on Feb. 16 at age 25 of a heroin overdose.

    Machen, 63, a recovering addict, said that in memory of his daughter he has devoted his life to helping others recover from addiction.

    "It gives me purpose in life knowing that my daughter did not die in vain," he said.
    Machen, of Royersford, Montgomery County, with Carpenter, said he was devastated after receiving a call at work notifying him that his daughter had overdosed.

    "I felt like a part of me was dead," Machen said. "I had called every police department looking for my daughter."

    She died of an overdose in a North Philadelphia apartment, and her body was dumped along Interstate 95 in Bucks County. The man who dumped her body was sentenced to prison.

    Machen said he does not blame anyone for his daughter's overdose, saying that he also was addicted to drugs when he was growing up in the Kensington section of Philadelphia.

    Machen, who has been clean for decades, said people suffering from addiction function differently.

    "People suffering from addiction have a broken brain," he said. "I believe some people are born with it and others are not. It could be hereditary or learned behavior or both."
    Boosted by fentanyl, suburban counties join Philly in setting drug death records



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