By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Jul 30, 2014
The half-sister of film star Drew Barrymore has been found dead in her car in National City, California. A possible drug overdose is suspected.
Jessica Barrymore, 47, was found dead in a parked Toyota Camry Tuesday morning in the San Diego suburb, and had reportedly been in the car for at least six hours. She reportedly did not live in the area where she was found.
"She appeared to be sleeping in her vehicle, partially blocking a driveway. We went out to check her welfare, and she was cold to the touch, obviously deceased," National City Police Lt. Robert Rounds told the New York Daily News.
Rounds said officers "froze the scene" and took custody of the car and "all its contents" pending a cause of death from the San Diego County Medical Examiner, the Daily News Reports.
ABC 10 San Diego interviewed local residents who spotted the body and claim dozens of white pills were scattered around the car’s interior, and Barrymore had a soft drink bottle between her legs.
Drew and Jessica Barrymore have the same father, actor John Drew Barrymore, but different mothers. The older sibling would have turned 48 on Thursday. She reportedly worked at a Petco store.