GUYAN TOWNSHIP — Gallia Sheriff Matt Champlin has released a statement in regards to an ongoing death investigation which is being conducted and has resulted in criminal charges pressed against four individuals.
According to Champlin, on July 11, 2018, the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a deceased individual in a motor vehicle in the Guyan Township area. Based upon the investigation, it was determined that the individual had succumbed to an overdose. At this time, four individuals have been charged criminally as a result of this investigation, however the investigation remains ongoing. Three individuals have been charged with abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence, those individuals are Dale Finley, 45, of Crown City, Fred Wray, 62, of Crown City, and John Addis, 47, of Crown City. Additionally, one individual has been charged with trafficking in fentanyl. That individual is Rickey Whitt, 33, of Crown City. Gross abuse of a corpse is considered a fifth-degree felony charge in Ohio and tampering with evidence is considered a third-degree felony charge.
“As our society continues to wrestle with the drug epidemic, it is extremely disappointing that the morality of some individuals has degraded to the point that they put little value on their own life and the lives of others,” Champlin said. “We will never give up the fight or the hope of a better life for all of our citizens and the great nation we live in.”