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Three charged in overdose death

MINOT, N.D. -- Three people are charged in Ward County in connection with the death of a 19-year-old man who overdosed on heroin and meth in July. The charges stem from an investigation that began on July 4 when the Ward County Sheriff's Office r...

MINOT, N.D. -- Three people are charged in Ward County in connection with the death of a 19-year-old man who overdosed on heroin and meth in July.

The charges stem from an investigation that began on July 4 when the Ward County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report that Aidan Vanderhoef was found dead at a home in the 2900 block of 72nd Street East.

An autopsy report showed that Vanderhoef died from opiate and stimulant drug poisoning due to the use of heroin and meth, according to court records.

The report from Medical Examiner William Massello III, cited in court documents, said Vanderhoef “would have almost certainly survived” if he had been taken to the emergency room.

Aaron Mylo Bruce, 21, Minot, is charged with manslaughter, a Class B felony, accused of recklessly causing Vanderhoef’s death.

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Bruce also is charged with unlawful possession of heroin with intent to deliver, a Class A felony, tampering in a criminal investigation, a Class C felony, and two misdemeanor charges.

Tyler Sage Desilets, 18, and Jacob Michael Lagge, 21, both Minot, are charged with hindering law enforcement, a Class C felony, and a misdemeanor drug charge.

All three have been arrested and are being held in the Ward County Jail until they make their first court appearances, the sheriff’s office said.

An obituary for Vanderhoef said he was living in Bismarck but formerly of Minot.

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