Pennsylvania Furnace man charged in heroin death of Boalsburg woman

mcarroll@centredaily.comMarch 21, 2014 

A Pennsylvania Furnace man was charged Friday with supplying the heroin that a 21-year-old Boalsburg woman used when she overdosed and died in January.

Ferguson Township police charged Ryan Kemp, 27, with drug delivery resulting in death and related felony charges. He was arraigned Friday and placed in the Centre County Correctional Facility on $500,000 bail.

Police did not provide the name of the victim in a press release issued Friday evening. But a search warrant filed in the case identifies her as Elizabeth Smeltzer.

Kemp supplied the woman with heroin and clonazepam, a prescription medication, and “shot up” with her at his home on Fairbrook Drive sometime late Jan. 24 or early Jan. 25, police said.

The two fell asleep watching a movie on his couch, and when Kemp woke the next morning the woman was dead, police said. Emergency responders were called and arrived at the residence around 8 a.m. Jan. 25.

Police said Kemp traveled to Williamsport on Jan. 24 and bought the drugs and then invited the woman over to get high with him, police said.

Investigators don’t suspect the heroin was laced with fentanyl, a potentially lethal combination that resulted in multiple deaths in the Pittsburgh area around the same time as the woman’s overdose.

Kemp faces four felony charges, including drug delivery resulting in death and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor, according to court documents.

An attorney for Kemp was not listed on court documents.

A preliminary hearing for the man is scheduled for Wednesday in Centre County court.

Matt Carroll can be reached at 231-4631. Follow him on Twitter @Carrollreporter.

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