Warren family calls for drug cleanup in wake of woman’s death

WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – The family of a woman who was found dead inside a house in Warren and believe her death was caused by a drug overdose, is calling for a cleanup of the drug activity in a north east neighborhood.

Judi McClellan, the woman’s grandmother, was searching for her granddaughter Wednesday when she found her unresponsive inside a vacant house on Scott Street. The woman was missing since Tuesday, Sept. 15 and her disappearance was reported to police on Saturday, Sept. 19.

At the request of the family, WKBN 27 First News is not releasing the name of the woman until identity is confirmed by police. An official cause of death has not been determined.

McClellan blames the heroin epidemic in Warren for her granddaughter’s death.

“It is just terrible. This drug situation has just ruined our family and so many others,” McClellan said. “We’ve got to get the drugs out of here. We’ve got to get the drug dealers out of here.”

Lieutenant Daniel Mason said the investigation into the woman’s death is ongoing and they are tracing here whereabouts prior to her death.

“At this point we are not even sure if there is foul play or if it is a criminal act. Once we determine the cause of death then we will determine as to whether or not who possible suspects might be,” Mason said. “This is something that will probably last for days, even weeks, to determine if there was criminal involvement.”

This is the second time in a month that tragedy has met a Warren family involving a missing family member. The remains of Alesha Bell were found at a home in Ashtabula County after she was reported missing late this summer. Her remains were found in a fire pit Aug. 20 when police raided a house on Route 6 in Roaming Shores.

James Brooks, 40, is charged with abuse of a corpse and drug trafficking in connection to Bell’s death. The investigation in that case is ongoing. More charges could be filed.

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