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by Sensei Enterprises, Inc.

Woman Charged with Involuntary Manslaughter, Key Digital Forensics Recovery

September 8, 2022

The Athens County Sheriff’s Office published a press release on The Highland County Press website about a 23-year-old man that was found dead from an overdose in Athens, Ohio.

The Athens County EMS found the man dead and reported the cause was a drug overdose. The sheriff’s office collected many items of evidence from the scene including the victim’s cell phone and sent it to their digital forensics lab to be analyzed.

The Athens County Sheriff’s Office produced an active warrant of arrest for 23-year-old Tiffany Sorrell, after the digital forensics team found evidence of communication between the two individuals about trafficking fentanyl that Sorrell sold to the victim for $100.

Investigators reportedly located Sorrell on February 3 and brought her in for questioning regarding the victim’s death, to which she gave a full confession.

After an autopsy of the victim was completed by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, the victim was ruled dead by multiple drug intoxications, including fentanyl and acetyl fentanyl.

In addition, the Athens County Grand jury found Sorrell guilty, and she was indicted for involuntary manslaughter which is a felony of the first degree and aggravated trafficking in drugs, which is a felony of the fourth degree.

This is yet another case that demonstrates how important digital forensics can be, especially when recovering data can lead you to the guilty party.

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