Salem man died by drowning, coroner rules

YOUNGSTOWN — The Salem man found May 3 floating in the Mahoning River was a drowning victim, according to a report released Friday by Mahoning County Coroner Dr. David M. Kennedy.

The report also showed that Matthew McDade, 23, of Salem, also had fentanyl, Trazodone (used to treat depression) and alcohol in his system. McDade was discovered by kayakers about 8:30 p.m. in the river near Walton Avenue and Industrial Road.

The body was transported to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office for investigation.

McDade had a history of substance abuse and alcoholism, according to the coroner’s report, and he also had suffered from anxiety, depression and acute psychosis.

The report showed McDade had attempted suicide on March 9 by ingesting bleach, and the report states he was treated at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

He had checked himself out of the Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic last March 29. About a week later, McDade’s father, Charles of East Palestine, reported the man was missing.



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