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Marshfield Police investigate 20-year-old woman's death

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Marshfield Police have recommended charges against two men who they say supplied the drugs that contributed to a Marshfield woman's death.

Police say Kayla Vanderwyst, 20, died of a heroin overdose in August. Autopsy and toxicology reports revealed that heroin, morphine and THC were found in her system.

According to a news release, Marshfield police have requested charges against Justin James Drinka, 22, of Marshfield and Trenton Joseph Blume, 23, of Unity. Police say they believe Blume and Drinka supplied the fatal dose of heroin that killed Vanderwyst.

Police requested 1st degree reckless homicide/delivery of heroin/habitual criminality on both counts against Blume and 1st degree reckless homicide/delivery of heroin/drug offense within 1000 ft. of a school/manufacture and delivery of THC/manufacture and delivery of narcotics/possession of drug paraphernalia/habitual criminality on all counts against Drinka.

The Wood County District Attorney will make the decision on whether Blume and Drinka will face charges.


A death investigation is underway in Marshfield, but police are releasing few details about what happened.


Officers say 20-year-old Kayla Vanderwyst was found dead yesterday afternoon. Authorities say her body was found in a house on the 800 block of East 4th Street in Marshfield.

Officials are tight lipped about the investigation so far. In a short release, they say "due to the sensitive nature of this matter and the impact it may have upon this investigation there will be no additional information released at this time."

Newsline 9 has learned that an autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

The investigation itself is still ongoing. But officials say no one is in danger. They are not releasing a cause of death at this time. People living in the neighborhood where Vanderwyst's body was found say this is quite unusual.

"It usually is a good neighborhood. This is the first time anything like this has happened," Nancy Neider of Marshfield said.

Officials say updates will be made available when appropriate. Newsline 9 did reach out to Vanderwyst's family members to see if they wanted to make any statement about her death. At this point, they've declined.

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