PUNXSUTAWNEY — A DuBois man is wanted by Punxsutawney-based state police after being charged Wednesday with drug delivery resulting in the death of a Jefferson County man.
Police are looking for Ryan Saline, 33, 10584 Treasure Lake Road, DuBois, who is charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver and criminal use of a communication facility, both felonies, as well as misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance, involuntary manslaughter, and recklessly endangering another person.
According to court records, around 3 p.m. Aug. 31, 2017, state police were dispatched to 5345 Route 322, Rose Township, for a report of a 29-year-old man who was found deceased by his sister.
Upon arrival, police spoke to Jackee Mae Sarvey, the victim’s sister, who told police the night before she went to Saline’s home in Treasure Lake with her brother. She said she saw Saline provide her brother with marijuana and three stamp bags of heroin.
When they returned to the Rose Township residence, Sarvey got ready to go to work. When she left around midnight, she saw the victim lying on the bed. When she came back around 9 a.m. he was still lying there. She checked on him again at 2 p.m. and saw that he had foam coming from his mouth and nose and was cold to the touch. She then called 911.
Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Carl Abrahamsson came to the scene shortly after and declared the victim dead of an apparent drug overdose. The victim’s autopsy would reveal that he died of fentanyl toxicity.
In the early evening of Aug. 31, police set up a consensual wire phone call with Saline in which he acknowledged he saw the victim and Sarvey the night before to sell him marijuana. When pressed by Sarvey about the heroin, “Saline became silent and began to apologize,” according to court records.
A search of the victim’s vehicle yielded a bag of marijuana, three stamp bags of heroin, one bag that was empty, and a straw that was suspected to have been used by the victim to snort the drug. When tested by the crime lab the heroin bags and straw tested positive for fentanyl.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Saline should call 911 or 814-938-0510.