Gates Police search for man wanted in connection with overdose death

April 17, 2018 06:26 AM

Gates Police are asking for your help finding a man wanted in connection with a deadly heroin overdose.

Scott Pernesky is wanted for tampering with physical evidence, a felony.

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Back in February, police say his girlfriend, 40-year-old Jennifer Baker of Greece, was found dead from an overdose at the Motel 6 on Buell Road.

Police say Pernesky had been in the room and tampered with the scene by wrapping Baker's body up in sheets, hiding drugs, and not calling 911. Baker's body was found by a housekeeper.

Gates Police Chief James VanBrederode says Pernesky would not have faced any charges if he had just called 911.

"You're not going to be prosecuted if the police come and there are some drugs left over at the scene or needles," Chief VanBrederode says. "The Good Samaritan Law it is there to protect people, and to call 911 and not just let somebody die and leave their body there without nobody knowing." 

If you have any information on Pernesky's whereabouts, you are asked to call 911.


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