Federal agents raid California suicide kit seller
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- A 91-year-old California woman who sells helium hood kits that people can use to kill themselves says her home has been raided by federal agents.
Sharlotte Hydorn's company sells the kits through mail or telephone order for $60. They're essentially a plastic bag and clear tubing.
Hydorn says about a dozen federal agents were at her El Cajon, Calif., home all day Wednesday and seized her computers, sewing machine, and boxes of ready-made kits.
FBI Agent Darrell Foxworth confirms authorities were at the woman's address but wouldn't comment on the contents of the warrant.
In December, a 29-year-old Eugene, Ore., man killed himself using a suicide kit he bought from Hydorn. Appalled Oregon lawmakers are working on a bill that would make it a felony to sell or transfer such a kit to Oregonians.