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Two sentenced for concealing body of 20-year-old man who overdosed

Dylan Wright, 19, on left and Rachel Walters, 24. (Courtesy Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)
Dylan Wright, 19, on left and Rachel Walters, 24. (Courtesy Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)

A 20-year-old man and 25-year-old woman have each been sentenced to at least one year in prison for attempting to conceal the body of a Poquoson man after he overdosed.

Dylan Chadwick Wright and Rachel Leanne Walters both pleaded guilty to concealing a dead body on Jan. 25 in the York-Poquoson Circuit Court, according to online court records.

Wright was sentenced to five years with four suspended, and Walters was sentenced to five with three and a half years suspended.

Wright and Walters attempted to “stage” the death of Michael Sincoskie, 20, after he overdosed on fentanyl-laced heroin at Walters’ residence on July 7, 2016, according to court documents.

While both were first charged with concealing a dead body, conspiracy to conceal a dead body and making a false police report, prosecutors dropped the conspiracy charges and making a false police report before the defendants’ scheduled pleas.

Police were called to a location in the woods in the 100 block of Theatre Road in York County at 10:46 p.m. July 7, 2016. Wright, the caller, told police he was drinking alcohol with his friend — later identified as Sincoskie — when they both passed out.

Wright said he woke up when heavy rain started, but could not wake his friend.

After investigation, police learned all three had been at Walters’ house before Sincoskie died. Walters lived in a camping trailer behind another man’s house, which is near both the Tabb Walmart and Theatre Road, where Sincoskie was found, documents state.

Poquoson Police also knew Walters frequently visited Sincoskie and Wright.

Although both Walters and Wright gave police several different stories in the weeks after Sincoskie’s overdose, investigators were able to piece together what happened by interviewing Walters’ neighbor and reviewing Walmart surveillance footage, court documents show.

At first, Walters said she did not know anything about either man’s whereabouts July 7, documents state.

During an interview, Walters’ neighbor told police the woman said she had been at Walmart that evening, and she was wet when he saw her.

Investigators reviewed surveillance footage from the nearby Walmart and saw Wright and Walters purchase a red children’s wagon.

Police later found the red wagon, which was broken.

In an interview with police several days after Sincoskie’s death, Walters told police she and Wright had “purchased the wagon to move Sincoskie’s body but because they did not put it together properly it fell apart so they carried his body to the location where the 911 call was made,” according to police reports.

Wright also told police he had taken bottles of alcohol from Walters’ house to put in the woods, but said the “false death scene” was Walters’ idea, documents say.

Walters was arrested in connection with the alleged crime May 29. Wright was arrested May 30, according to court records.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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