Two men have been arrested in connection to the death of 25-year-old Jessica N. Gentile in May.
Auburn Police say they responded on May 8 to 14 Frances Street for a report that Gentile, of Auburn, was unresponsive. Gentile transported to Auburn Community Hospital and pronounced dead.
Detectives determined that the information they were being given about the circumstances surrounding the death were false and launched an investigation.
Police say toxicology tests found that Gentile had a controlled substance in her system. The findings were presented to a grand jury by the Cayuga County District Attorney.
Police say Matthew M. Malenick, 25, of 14 Frances Street in Auburn, supplied Gentile with heroin. Malenick reportedly lied to emergency medical responders and the police in an attempt to cover up the fact that drugs were used.
Police say Gentile and Malenick were friends and had been acquainted with each other since high school.
Malenick is charged with two counts felony criminal sale of a controlled substance, two counts felony criminal possession of a controlled substance, felony tampering with physical evidence, misdemeanor falsely reporting an incident and misdemeanor making a punishable false written statement.
Police say U.S. Marshals located and arrested Malenick in North Carolina on Thursday afternoon around 4:50 p.m. He is being held at the Carteret County jail in North Carolina awaiting extradition proceedings.
A second person was indicted as a result of the investigation.
Police say 19-year-old Joseph (aka "Max") Ferrara, of Auburn, sold the heroin to Malenick, which Malenick provided to Jessica Gentile. Ferrara is charged with two counts felony sale of a controlled substance, and two counts felony criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Police say U.S. Marshals located and arrested Ferrara in New Smyrna Beach, Florida on Friday afternoon. Police say Ferrara was living in Florida. Ferrara is being held in the Volusia County jail pending extradition proceedings.
Gentile graduated Auburn High School and SUNY Cortland, where she studied Communications, according to
. She alsa studied at Cayuga Community College.