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Suicide ruled in Wesco death

February 05, 2001

Suicide ruled in Wesco death



By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man who was found dead with a knife in his chest about a month ago committed suicide, a West Virginia State trooper said Sunday.

"We have no reason to believe it was anything else," Sgt. G.W. Bradshaw of the West Virginia State Police said of the death of Ivan Troy Wesco, 24.

Pictures of the scene were sent along with other evidence to a state medical examiner, Dr. Jack Frost in Morgantown. Bradshaw said Wesco was on the drug ecstacy at the time of his death. The report concluded Wesco did not die from the wound to his chest, Bradshaw said.

"He bled to death from the cuts on his wrists," Bradshaw said. "He hit his arteries with those wounds. The wound in the chest would not have been enough to kill him. It punctured his lung, but it wasn't fatal."

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Troopers responded to a call to check at Wesco's residence about 5:45 a.m. Jan. 8 at 117 Naomi Lane, off Opequon Lane near W.Va. 9. The call probably came from a woman at the residence, police said. They looked inside and found Wesco lying in a pool of blood.

Officers initially suspected murder. But Bradshaw said they concluded fairly early that Wesco had probably killed himself.

"There was no sign of a struggle, he said.

He added: "He may have fallen on the knife. Or that drug can make you do some strange things. He might have thought he was fighting somebody. The drug might have made him paranoid."

Ecstasy is associated with confusion, disorientation, anxiety, panic attacks, depression and insomnia.

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