Two men have been charged for allegedly dumping the body of a London woman in a ditch after she died at their apartment.
Jordyn Lacole Hollingsworth, 21, of London, was found in a ditch on Jones Road in western Franklin County at about 8:45 p.m. on Saturday, July 5.
Corey Roberts, 24, and Nicholas McCord, 22, are charged with abuse of a corpse, according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO).
Investigators say the three were using heroin at McCord’s apartment, located at 498 Candlestick Court in Galloway, the previous night on July 4.
At some point during the night, Hollingsworth began having difficulty breathing and was unresponsive, but the two men went to sleep instead of calling authorities, according to the FCSO.
The next morning, the men awoke and found Hollingsworth dead. The two drove her body to a secluded roadway and dumped her body in a ditch adjacent to a cornfield in Brown Township, north of Interstate 70.
A passerby discovered the body and called police.
Roberts and McCord were arrested Monday, July 7, by detectives with the FCSO. Both are being held in Franklin County Jail without bond and are scheduled for arraignment Wednesday.
Roberts also has connections to London. He was placed on community control in Madison County Common Pleas Court in September 2013 after pleading guilty to drug trafficking. He was indicted on the charge in September 2012. Court records list his address in Grove City.
Additional charges may be filed after prosecutors review the evidence and an autopsy is complete, according to the FCSO’s release. The autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday at the Franklin County Coroner’s Office.
Hollingworth’s funeral services will be held in London later this week.
Overdoses often take place because the victim’s tolerance level has increased, said Dave Wiseman, chief of the London Police Department. The individual continues to “chase the high” they felt when they first began using drugs, but their bodies can’t take it.
Behavior such as McCord and Roberts’ is becoming increasingly common in situations involving drug overdoses, Wiseman continued. If the victim’s friends are in the criminal justice system, they’re concerned about the consequences, he added.
“People are dying because instead of calling law enforcement, their friends are scared and dumping the bodies,” he said. “It’s a common theme were seeing — and in central Ohio we’re seeing it happen a lot.”
A similar incident recently took place in Pickaway County. The body of Bridget Blaney, 33, was found in a Mount Sterling-area driveway last November. Tye Fannin, 33, of Grove City, said fear and panic led him to commit the crime. After waking to find Blaney dead, he didn’t call for medical assistance or notify authorities.
In these situations, the friends of the victim also are typically not of sound mind themselves, as they are often also using drugs, Wiseman said.
“More than likely, they’re getting high with them so they’re not thinking rationally,” he said. “They look at (dumping the body) as a quick fix.”
Andrea Chaffin can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 1619 or via Twitter @AndeeWrites.