For almost three years, D.D. Flynn of Woodstock, Ga., has worked tirelessly to bring those responsible for her daughter’s fatal drug overdose to justice.
Now, Flynn is receiving help from the Woodstock Police Department. The department is teaming with Flynn to offer a $10,000 reward to anyone who provides evidence that leads to the arrest and conviction of the people involved in Christi Michele Nowak’s death.
Christi, 20, suffered cardiac arrest on the bedroom floor in her Woodstock home Oct. 1, 2005. She was transported to WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta and was pronounced brain dead Oct. 5.
Flynn said her daughter had a seizure because of a mixture of cocaine, GHB and chloroform in her system. “When my daughter passed, she bequeathed me her fighting spirit,” Flynn said.
The Woodstock Police Department initially ruled the death an accidental overdose, but with Flynn’s persistence, police reopened the case.
“D.D. has been rather diligent and tenacious in pushing for someone to be held accountable,” Police Chief Ric Moss said.
Moss said when he joined the force as chief in September 2006, he decided there were “some things that needed to be looked at again.”
Flynn said recent cases of people being held responsible in drug overdose cases inspired her to hunt down Christi’s potential drug suppliers. She said she believes someone was in the house the night Christi suffered a cardiac arrest and supplied her with drugs.
There is a law that states if someone commits a felony resulting in the death of another, then that person is in violation of the law. In Christi’s case, the perpetrator would be charged with violating the Controlled Substances Act. Even if the person was not in possession of drugs, he or she would be charged as an accomplice, Moss said.
However, there are potential obstacles in cases that involve drug overdoses. The district attorney would have to prove that a person was responsible for the death, Moss said.
Moss said the information they’ve received from Christi’s friends so far has been from the Internet. “With that, we are dealing with screen names,” he said, adding that Christi’s friends are more willing to talk to her mother than the police.
Flynn said her main goal is to reach out to other families who have faced similar circumstances. “I want the law known, and I want to know what happened to my daughter on that last night of her life,” she said.
Christi, Mrs. Flynn said, was beginning to get her life back on track. She had just enrolled in college and was involved at First Baptist Woodstock.
Most of all, Flynn said Christi was a caring person who would do anything for her friends. “She was extremely loving, and she loved her brother, Brent,” she said.
Brent Flynn struggles with what he saw the day his sister died. “It is not something I knew how to grasp at the time,” he said, “but now I understand the evils of the situation. I miss my sister, and I live to make my mother happy, in attempt to numb the gap in her heart.”
Moss said the department would keep the case open as long as they receive viable information, even if it is years on end. He said the department as a whole feels Flynn’s pain and wants to “make sure justice is done.”
“As dedicated professionals, we want to make sure we do the job to the best of our ability,” he said.
Ron Flynn, Christi’s stepfather, is also fighting for justice for his beloved step-daughter, who he helped raise.
“I don’t know if we will ever find out who did this to Christi, but the person who dropped Christi off at the house without notifying emergency personnel has to live with that guilt,” Flynn said. “I’m sure that is painful, but nothing is as painful as what I have had to see my family go through since Christi’s death.”