By EILEEN MCCLORY
STAFF WRITER

A man accused in the overdose death of Danielle Rice, a 28-year-old Findlay woman who died earlier this year, has been booked into the Hancock County jail.

Police suspect Anthony Whitiker, 44, of Toledo, is the man who provided Rice with the drugs that killed her.

He was booked into the jail Wednesday, according to online records from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, and his bond was set at $200,000, according to Hancock County Common Pleas Court records.

Whitiker is charged with involuntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony; corrupting another with drugs, a second-degree felony; abuse of a corpse, a fifth-degree felony; and tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony.

In a separate case, Whitiker has also been charged in common pleas court with rape, a first-degree felony, stemming from a Feb. 22 incident.

Whitiker was arrested June 20 in a joint effort by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals Service at a swimming pool in Fairburn, Georgia.

Rice was found dead Feb. 4 alongside a township road northeast of Findlay. The death was initially investigated as a homicide, but Hancock County Coroner Dr. Mark Fox ruled the death an accident due to a fentanyl overdose.

Two other people have been charged in connection with Rice’s death.

Desirae M. Bright, 40, of Findlay, was charged with abuse of a corpse, a fifth-degree felony, and tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony.

Dawn M. Johns, 38, of Findlay, was charged with abuse of a corpse, a fifth-degree felony; tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony; and permitting drug abuse, a fifth-degree felony. Both have been released on bond.

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