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Man charged in Findlay woman’s death booked in Hancock County

A man accused in the overdose death of Danielle Rice, a 28-year-old Findlay woman who died earlier this year, has been booked into the Hancock County jail.

Police suspect Anthony Whitiker, 44, of Toledo, is the man who provided Rice with the drugs that killed her.

He was booked into the jail Wednesday, according to online records from the Hancock County Sheriffs Office, and his bond was set at $200,000, according to Hancock County Common Pleas Court records.

Whitiker is charged with involuntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony; corrupting another with drugs, a second-degree felony; abuse of a corpse, a fifth-degree felony; and tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony.

Whitiker was arrested June 20 in a joint effort by the Hancock County Sheriffs Office and the U.S. Marshals Service at a swimming pool in Fairburn, Georgia.

Rice was found dead Feb. 4 alongside a township road northeast of Findlay. The death was initially investigated as a homicide, but Hancock County Coroner Dr. Mark Fox ruled the death an accident due to a fentanyl overdose.

In a separate case, Whitiker has also been charged in common pleas court with rape, a first-degree felony, stemming from a Feb. 22 incident.

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