TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Vigo County forensic pathologist Dr. Roland Kohr told authorities the victim in a recent reckless homicide case could have survived her injuries if she had received “timely medical treatment.”
Casandra Ryan, 32, of Terre Haute was found deceased at her residence Monday sparking a death investigation that led to the arrest of her longtime friend and caretaker, Anthony Cleveland.
According to court documents, Ryan suffered a stroke a few years ago and eventually moved in with Cleveland who took over as her power of attorney.
Cleveland, who is a trucker, asked a friend to check on Ryan Monday because he was out of town. The friend found Ryan unresponsive and called 911. The friend also told authorities Cleveland had described seeing bruises on Ryan; however he denied this account when interviewed by police.
After seeing the reports of the death investigation on social media, two other witnesses came forward to describe seeing a man driving a four-wheeler Sunday with what appeared to be an unconscious woman on the back.
Earlier in day, Cleveland and Ryan had been seen wearing the same clothes as the pair on the four-wheeler. A four-wheeler that matched the description was also found in Cleveland’s garage.
During an autopsy performed Tuesday, Kohr found Ryan had suffered blunt force trauma to the head, chest and extremities. She also suffered facial abrasions, fractured ribs and other injuries including bruising under the arms that was consistent with being grabbed by someone to be pulled or dragged.
Cleveland was charged with reckless homicide and neglect of a dependent. He is being held at the Vigo County Jail pending posting of $25,000 cash only bond