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Two men charged with reckless homicide in woman's death


Two men have now been charged in the death of a Marshfield woman, and police say drugs are at the center of the investigation.

Justin Drinka, 22, and Trenton Blume, 23, both face charges of first-degree reckless homicide.

Police say it was their actions that contributed to the death of Kayla Vanderwyst, 20.

"Heroin has taken the life of Kayla Vanderwyst, and that's one life too many," said Gary Jepsen, Marshfield Police Chief.

Vanderwyst died of a drug overdose at a home on East 49th Street in Marshfield.

"If a willing participant takes those drugs and it results in their death, it is a reckless homicide by the person who supplied the drugs to them – and we will pursue them for it," said Jepsen.

Police say Trenton Blume and Justin Drinka were the ones who supplied her the drugs.

"Just was well acquainted with and associated with her. Trenton seemed to be the supplier on a higher scale," said Jepson.

According to court documents, Drinka and Vanderwyst used heroin the night before her death, and Blume drove them to pick it up.

Neither of their attorneys returned our calls.

As far as the investigation, officials say it's still ongoing.

"We would like to make everybody who is responsible for the death of Kayla Vanderwyst responsible for their actions and make them accountable in the eyes of the law," said Jepsen.

Both men are being held on cash bond in the Wood County jail.

No future court date has been set.

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