Ephrata man charged with drug delivery resulting in death

Paul Rinear

LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. – An Ephrata man has been charged with delivering heroin to a hospital patient who died as a result of an overdose. Ephrata Police detectives charged Paul Rinear, 31, with a felony count of Drug Delivery Resulting in Death.

On Friday, March 10, Rinear covertly delivered a syringe and heroin to Ashley Estevez-Beachy, 30, of Ephrata, while she was a patient at Wellspan Ephrata Community Hospital.  A short time later, hospital staff found her unresponsive in a bathroom with a syringe by her side.  Estevez-Beachy died a week later on Thursday, March 16th.

Rinear is currently incarcerated in Berks County Prison on unrelated charges.