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Palm Coast’s Daryl Jowais, 49, Found Dead of Apparent Drug Overdose

| July 17, 2018

Daryl JOWAIS

The house on Zacharias Place.

Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies, like other law enforcement officers, have seen their daily calls overtaken by two trends that were not nearly as pronounced a few years ago: Baker Acts–the involuntary commitment of an individual to prevent him or her from self-harm or harming others–and drug overdoses.


On July 12 at a house on Palm Coast’s Pierce Lane, deputies responded to an unresponsive man whose girlfriend said he may have overdosed. Deputies administered Narcan, the opiate antidote, and were able to revive the man, who was then taken to a local hospital. Deputies’ administering of Narcan has also become almost routine since all deputies were equipped with the antidote last year.

Daryl Jowais was not as fortunate. The 49-year-old resident of Zacharias Place in Palm Coast was found dead of an apparent overdose in a bathroom at his mother’s home Monday morning. A Flagler County Fire Rescue paramedic pronounced him dead at 7:42 a.m.

Jowais’s 82-year-old mother, a resident of the Z Section since around 2002 (an earlier version of this story had misstated the length of time she had owned the house), made the discovery after returning to the house with her other son, 54-year-old Jerome Jowais resident of Deltona, that morning. Jerome told authorities he tried to alert his brother that he was at the door several times before kicking the door open. “Multiple syringes were located within the bathroom in the vicinity
of the body,” a sheriff’s summary in that day’s shift reports noted.

According to the incident report, Daryl Jowais’s mother told deputies he had diabetes and high blood pressure, and had “a history with drug use,” but she was not sure what drugs he was consuming nor who was supplying them.

The two brothers had previously owned a construction business together.

Detective Nicole Thomas of the sheriff’s Investigative Services Division responded to the scene just before 9 a.m., when the scene was turned over to detectives. Foul play is not suspected, though in a previous such case, where the victim was found unconscious on her home’s bathroom floor of a drug overdose, and later died, detectives–led by Thomas–were able to track down the alleged supplier of the drugs that killed the victim. In a first for Flagler County, the alleged supplier, Joseph Colon, 34, was indicted on a first-degree murder charge, a capital felony. That case is proceeding through court, with Colon’s next pre-trial scheduled for Aug. 14.

Surveillance camera footage had been key in that case, as Colon had crossed several places in Grand Haven where his vehicle had been spotted. The Zacharias Place home is more isolated.

Until last year Flagler County had been considered among the lesser-struck counties by the opioid crisis, relative to other regions, particularly south Florida and Orlando. But the crisis is nevertheless taking a toll, with 84 deaths attributed to prescription drugs in the district that includes Flagler, St. Johns and Putnam in 2016, almost half of those attributed to accidental overdoses, and 15 deaths attributed at least in part to fentanyl, the powerful heroin-like drug. According to the Centers for Disease Control, drug overdoses killed 63,632 Americans in 2016, nearly two-thirds of them involving prescription drugs or illegal drugs.

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8 Responses for “Palm Coast’s Daryl Jowais, 49, Found Dead of Apparent Drug Overdose”

  1. Anonymous says:

    My prayers go out to the family.

  2. August Maxwell says:

    It is SO wrong–, in that each overdose reported, makes the chronic Pain Lifer, suffer & pay, for their neglect of themselves. We dont DO that. No interest whatsoever, in taking too much. but the DEA, will NOT draw a line between the Two-

  3. Just me says:

    Omg this has to stop. My heart breaks for his family.

  4. palmcoaster says:

    My sincere condolences to his grieving Mom and the rest of the family. May God have compassion for Mr. Jowais and give him eternal peace.

  5. Savannah's Crusade says:

    Mr. Jowais and his family are in our prayers.

  6. Open your eyes! says:

    This has been going on for year’s here in Flagler, the power’s that be, keep sweeping it under the carpet to keep people moving here, and trying to bring business here, time for the truth to be told, drug’s, crime, bad parents, phony politics, bad law enforcement, all need to be honest,

  7. Old Friend says:

    Damn Daryl !!!!
    First Scrubs now you.?….I can’t wrap my mind around this
    I am so sorry my dear friend 😞
    My condolences to ur Mom and Jerome
    Be good for ur dad in Heaven 😇
    You have each other

  8. Anonymous44 says:

    Damn. Another one. Are they going to prosecute his dealer, like they are doing with Joey Colon?

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