Arrest made in overdose death of Cleveland woman

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — An arrest has been made in connection with the death of a Cleveland woman whose body was discovered in a room at the M Star Hotel on Aug. 19.

The Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO) and the Cleveland Police Department arrested Olaffia Hester, age 27, of Gillsville Wednesday.

Hester was arrested for felony murder in connection to the overdose death of Katelyn Baker, age 23, of Cleveland. Baker’s body was discovered in a room at the M Star Hotel Cleveland by cleaning staff. The Cleveland Police Department and the White Coroner’s Office responded to the hotel and asked for ARDEO’s assistance when the death was suspected to be an overdose.

Hester was taken into custody in Gainesville with assistance from the Hall County Sheriff’s
Office. This is an ongoing investigation, and more charges are anticipated. For additional information about ARDEO or to provide tips on criminal activity look  for ARDEO@appalachiandtf on twitter or follow on facebook@appalachianrdeo and/or Instagram.

The Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office is a multi-agency unit that consists of the
following Sheriff’s Offices: White County, Lumpkin County, Banks County, Jackson County,
Habersham County, Stephens County, Rabun County, Franklin County, Gilmer County, Fannin
County, the Cleveland Police Department and the Toccoa Police Department, along with the
Georgia National Guard Counter Drug Task Force, the Georgia State Patrol, Georgia
Department of Community Supervision, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

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