Woman found in Miami County ditch died of overdose


TROY – The death of a Sidney woman whose body was found along a northeast Miami County road on June 2 was caused by multiple drug intoxication, according to the autopsy report released by county Coroner William Ginn.

Alicia M. Paulus, 38, was found in a ditch along East Loy Road in Brown Twp. in the morning hours. The initial autopsy did not reveal a cause of death. The ruling was pending the outcome of toxicology tests received recently.

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Miami County Sheriff Dave Duchak said Friday that the investigative file on the Paulus death would be forwarded to county Prosecutor Tony Kendell’s office for review of potential charges. The investigation revealed the last person known to be with Paulus was her boyfriend, Jeromy Miller, 42, of Dayton, Duchak said.

Duchak said Miller and Paulus had been to a birthday party at her mother’s home in Sidney the evening before Paulus was found.

“He (Miller) claimed they had gotten into an argument and, at some point, the car stopped, she got out and walked away,” Duchak said.

The cause of death for Paulus was listed as “multiple drug intoxication (fentanyl analogs and amphetamine/methamphetamine,” Bryan Casto, M.D., forensic pathologist, wrote in the autopsy report, issued by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. Miami County contracts with that office for autopsies.

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Miller was arrested earlier the morning of June 2 after being found unresponsive in his vehicle a short distance away from where Paulus later was found, sheriff’s deputies said. Miller was charged with resisting arrest, open container and no operator’s license. The resisting arrest charges were dismissed by a Municipal Court judge following a preliminary hearing while a court trial on the remaining charges is scheduled for later this month, according to court records.




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