Feds raid East County home of ‘suicide kit’ seller

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The FBI served a search warrant this week at the East County home of a 91-year-old woman who has garnered national notoriety for selling kits designed to help people commit suicide, a spokesman for the agency said Thursday.

Agents arrived at the home of Sharlotte Hydorn of El Cajon on Wednesday morning to gather evidence in connection with an “ongoing investigation,” according to Darrell Foxworth, a public information officer for the FBI's San Diego office.

Foxworth declined to provide further details about the case because the warrant was sealed by the judge who issued it.

Hydorn told reporters she faces possible mail-fraud charges.

The Jeri Way resident runs a company called the GLADD Group, which sells custom-made bags, designed to fit over a person's head, along with tubing intended to be connected to a tank of helium for purposes of pain-free self- asphyxiation, according to news accounts.

The $60 kits, which Hydorn insists are meant solely for terminally ill people or those suffering from severe chronic pain, have been available via mail order for about four years. She has attributed her interest in assisted suicide to her husband's demise from colon cancer in 1977.

The death of a 29-year-old Oregon man who used Hydorn's product to kill himself late last year — reportedly due to depression, not illness — prompted senators in that state to unanimously vote this month in support of a bill that would ban the sale or marketing of suicide-oriented paraphernalia.

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