ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Two people in New York are facing felony charges involving the overdose death of a Vermont woman.
Albany Police claim the pair neglected to get the woman help and when they realized she was dead, tried to destroy any evidence connecting them to her.
Keisha Richards was raised in Fair Haven, Vermont but had recently been living in Albany, working at the Wolf Road Travelodge.
“She was energetic and happy she was just a young girl trying to get back on her feet.”
Motel manager Bryan Duurloo says after a drug arrest and a stint in jail, they decided to give Keisha a second chance at her old housekeeping job.
“Then one day she called me it just didn’t sound, it just wasn’t the same Keisha.”
Bryan didn’t know then, that it would be the last time he would hear her voice.
Police claim on or around March 14th, Keisha was at an East Greenbush motel when she began showing signs of a drug overdose.
According to court documents, instead of seeking medical treatment for Keisha, a woman named Jodi Noisseau and unnamed others took her to a Partridge Street apartment house. It’s a home that Noisseau is said to share with a Christopher Kondracki. Police allege that Noisseau concealed Keisha inside the apartment without seeking medical assistance for 12 hours.
Police say when the pair realized she was dead they placed her in a bathtub doused her with bleach and redressed her.
Police claim Noisseau and Kondracki then moved the body less than a mile away from where residents on Kent Street woke up to find her in the snow.
“It’s so sad because something could have been done.”
Noisseau is facing a manslaughter charge for allegedly failing to seek treatment for Keisha Richards.
She and Kondracki both face other charges including concealment of a human corpse and tampering with physical evidence.