Woman finds granddaughter dead on porch of vacant house
By Ed Runyan
It was a horrible experience to find her granddaughter dead on the front porch of an abandoned house on Scott Street Northeast on Wednesday afternoon, Judy McClellan said.
But just as horrible are the addiction her granddaughter, Carly Ginnicks, had and the deadly drugs McClellan believes killed her.
“She was a victim of the heroin, I believe, that is so potent,” McClellan said.
McClellan and her daughter last saw Ginnicks, 32, of Perkins Drive Northwest, on Sept. 15, when she went to the Warren Trumbull County Public Library to use the Internet on a library computer.
The family reported her missing Saturday and began posting missing posters with the Warren police and in town on Sunday. But Wednesday, McClellan and her daughter started looking for vacant homes and checking them.
They had looked at one house on Waverly Avenue Northeast before noticing one at 317 Scott St. about 2:45 p.m. She and her daughter looked at a garage and in the back yard.
“I went up on the front porch, and that’s where we found her,” she said. She was wearing clothing that McClellan recognized as belonging to her granddaughter, who weighed only about 100 pounds.
“The heroin is just so bad,” McClellan said. “It’s just been terrible. This drug situation has just ruined our family.”
McClellan said she believes Carly used drugs for more than 10 years, but it has been worse in the last six months.
“We have tried and tried,” McClellan said of trying to help Carly stop. She has been in drug treatment several times, she said.
“We’ve got to get the drugs out of here. We need to get the drug dealers out of here. I’m broken-hearted for my daughter.”
Police confirmed that they were called to the Scott Street address and found a female deceased that they are tentatively identifying as Ginnicks.
“I really think she’s been here since the 15th,” McClellan said as she talked to reporters from the front yard of the house where her granddaughter was found.
“We don’t want to hide from the media,” McClellan said with two other family members. “It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor. It’s a terrible epidemic.”
McClellan said it was “amazing” that she found her granddaughter’s body so quickly after she and her daughter started looking. “It was the second house I went to,” she said.
Ginnicks had three children, one of whom lives in Warren; she was married and sometimes used the name Carly Ginnicks Cornwell, McClellan said.
The presence of cheap heroin in the community and the more-powerful drug fentanyl is being identified as reasons why the overdose death rate has spiked in Trumbull County this year.
There were 47 confirmed accidental overdose deaths in the county through mid-summer. The county had 54 in all of 2014 and is on pace to exceed the record number of 64 in 2007, according to the Trumbull County Coroner’s office.