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3 indicted over Hancock County overdose death


FINDLAY — A Toledo man and two Findlay women were indicted this week by a Hancock County grand jury in connection with the overdose death of a woman whose body was found along a Cass Township road.

Anthony Whitiker, 43, was indicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter, corrupting another with drugs, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with evidence stemming from the death of Danielle Rice, 28, of Findlay, whose body was found covered by trash bags Feb. 4 by a passer-by.

Dawn Johns, 38, was charged with abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence, and permitting drug abuse, while Desirae Bright, 40, was indicted on charges of abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence, and possession of cocaine.

While Hancock County Sheriff's deputies initially investigated Ms. Rice's death as a homicide, the coroner concluded that she died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl.

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