Acting chief says it looks like drugs to blame in two McDonald deaths

By Ed Runyan


The acting chief of police here says “everything we have at this point is leading us” to a conclusion that Bryce Hendrickson, 20, and Nicole Washko, 28, of Cortland died of drug overdoses in a house on West Second Street last weekend.

Lt. Bill Woodley, acting McDonald police chief, said the department is waiting for an official ruling on the two deaths from the Trumbull County Coroner’s Office, including toxicology results.

The bodies had no injuries that would suggest they were victims of an assault, Woodley said.

He would not comment on whether drugs or drug paraphernalia was found at the scene, but the police department did send evidence to the state crime lab for testing. He would not comment on whether that evidence included drug-related materials.

Dr. Humphrey Germaniuk, county coroner, ruled that Hendrickson’s death is pending further studies. He has not yet conducted an autopsy on Washko.

Woodley said he does not know what connection Hendrickson or Washko had to the house in the 600 block of West Second Street where their bodies were found Saturday afternoon.

Dylan Hendrickson, 19, Bryce’s brother, made the 911 call seeking medical attention for Bryce. Another male also was present in the home at the time, possibly Bryce Hendrickson’s father, Brian Hendrickson, Woodley said. They were the only people in the home at the time.

Woodley said he does not know how long the bodies had been there; that will be up to the coroner’s office to determine.

Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

Dylan Hendrickson was on the witness list for the Nasser Hamad aggravated murder trial scheduled to start Oct. 11 in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.

Bryce Hendrickson was badly injured in the gunfire Feb. 25 at Hamad’s house Feb. 25 after he and four others went to Hamad’s house on state Route 46 in Howland as part of a months-long feud.

Bryce Hendrickson was shot in the face and arm. Two others were killed and two others were also injured by the gunfire.

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