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Death of man found beaten, cut in Fort Worth ruled an accident

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More than a half-million people died from opioids between 2000 and 2015. Today, opioid deaths are considered an epidemic. To understand the struggle of a drug addiction, we take a closer look at what happens to the body.

A man who was found dead just after 4 p.m. on March 3 died of a drug overdose in a hypothermic environment, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Ryan White, 25, was found in the 800 block of Beach Street in a field near a homeless camp. The high temperature in Fort Worth that day was 40 degrees, with a low of 25.

When White was found, police said that there were some signs of trauma to his body. A police report said that White had cut marks and looked to have been beaten up.

Homicide detectives went to the scene to investigate, but White’s death was ruled an accident. He had a mixture of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin in his system, according to the medical examiner’s report.

White’s home address was listed as being in Longview, about 155 miles east of where he was found dead.

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Nichole Manna is an investigative reporter for the Star-Telegram. Before moving to Fort Worth in July 2018, she covered crime and breaking news in Tennessee, North Carolina, Nebraska and Kansas. She is a 2012 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and grew up in Florida.
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