A Smithfield dentist has died of an apparent drug overdose amid a sexual abuse investigation years after his dentist brother was convicted of sex crimes and later killed himself.
Smithfield police had arrested Scott M. Lyman on Feb. 25 on suspicion of sexually abusing a girl under the age of 14. But on Tuesday, the department got word from his family and Las Vegas police that he had died of an apparent overdose in Las Vegas.
Lyman was taken to the hospital and put on life support on March 8, but was taken off the machines on Tuesday and died a few minutes later, said Smithfield Police Chief Johnny McCoy. A medical examiner in Nevada is to conduct a toxicology exam and an autopsy to confirm why he died, though the initial evidence points to an overdose, McCoy said.