Family offers reward for arrest of dealer who provided deadly heroin dose to daughter

January 12, 2018 06:08 PM

WILTON - Phil Viger is in the hard business of tree cutting. It's not often he shares his soft side.

"Angie was loving, caring."

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However, he fights back tears and speaks of a broken heart when he talks about the daughter he lost last week.

"Angie loved everybody."

Angie Dean, a beloved mother, sister and nurse, died of an apparent heroin overdose inside a Saratoga County motel.

Her family says she had a smile and a laugh that could light up a room.

"And then Angie got a bad back working in the nursing home and lifting patients up and she got prescriptions for hydrocodone and oxycontin. Next thing you know, my daughter was now an addict," Viger said.

Angie was 40-years old. Her burial was Monday. Her family is hoping that somehow some good will come from her heartbreaking death.

Police are investigating, trying to find the dealer who brought the drugs to Angie at the Landmark Motor Inn. Because of the heroin epidemic, police caseload for drug overdoses is higher than ever. So, the Vigers are hoping to help them out.

Owners of Adirondack Tree Surgeons, a successful tree business, they've hired a private investigator to try to find the person who dealt the drugs to Angie. They're also offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

"To catch these people who delivered this heroin knowing that it could take my daughter's life or somebody else's daughter or son's life," Viger said.

Viger knows it won't bring his daughter back, but he hopes taking the dealer off the street will prevent another family from burying a son or daughter.

"It's not if, it's when. And when we do find the person or persons that did this, we will bring them to either justice or we will bring them to civil court."

The Vigers are asking anyone with information to call Saratoga County Sheriff's investigators at (518) 885-2440.


Mark Mulholland

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