Butter Cafe Co-Founder found dead

Butter Cafe ‘devastated’ by death of co-founder, remains open, owner says

Amy Beaver, the co-founder of Butter Cafe restaurant at 1106 Brown St. in Dayton, released a statement today, Feb. 12, two days after finding her business partner and Butter Cafe co-founder Sarah Dudley dead of a suspected overdose in a room above the restaurant Sunday morning. David Duncan, a former employee of Butter Cafe, also was found in the room, was treated with Narcan at the scene, and remains hospitalized. 

Here is the full text of Amy Beaver’s statement:

“As many have heard, the Butter Café tragically lost one of our team members and co-founders Sarah Dudley unexpectedly. As you can imagine, we are devastated by this loss and offer our condolences to Sarah’s family. Sarah was found unresponsive in an apartment separated from the restaurant and was later pronounced deceased. Sarah was a dear friend and large part of our lives and will be missed.  

Additionally, David Duncan, who was our former kitchen manager, (as of the time of this situation, our website had not been updated to reflect his separation) was also found unresponsive in the same apartment and was taken to the hospital where he remains under medical supervision. Though he has not worked for Butter Café for an extended period of time, we continue to pray for his complete recovery.  

At this time, we ask for privacy as we grieve the untimely loss of such a valuable member of the Butter Café family and long-time family friend. 

Butter Café remains open and operating under normal business hours. We appreciate your patronage and sympathy during this difficult time.”

The cause and manner of death is pending and this case remains under investigation.

 ***ORIGINAL STORY (Feb. 11, 2019)***

The co-founder of Butter Cafe was found dead from a suspected overdose in an office above the restaurant Sunday morning, according to a Dayton police incident report. 

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Police and medics responded to the Brown Street restaurant around 10 a.m. after co-founder Amy Beaver found two people, including her business partner, unresponsive in a room above the cafe, the report stated. 

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Sarah Dudley, 39, of Dayton, a co-founder of the restaurant, was pronounced dead at the scene and was removed by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. 

File photo of Sarah Dudley a co-owner of Butter Cafe, a breakfast-and-lunch eatery located at 1106 Brown St. in Dayton.
Photo: HANDOUT

Dudley’s official cause of death has not been ruled, according to a coroner’s office spokesperson. 

The other person found unresponsive was identified as Dudley’s boyfriend David Duncan, 30, of Dayton, a former employee of Butter Cafe.

Duncan was revived after medics gave him Narcan and was transported to Miami Valley Hospital, according to the report. 

Duncan is listed in serious condition at Miami Valley Hospital, according to a hospital representative.

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Police said they located seven capsules that contained an unknown substance were found in the office and were collected as evidence, the report indicates. 

Beaver and Dudley founded the restaurant together in 2010. 

A request for comment from the restaurant has not been returned.

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