A man’s death in Wayne County over the weekend may have been more than an accident.
That’s according to court papers that say Ryan Clemo’s death came after a possible fight and struggle.
Troopers said Clemo died at the emergency room at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale Saturday morning
State police obtained two search warrants late Monday seeking evidence of any kind of fight or struggle that could make Clemo’s death a case of criminal homicide.
Ryan Clemo was at his girlfriend’s home on Rose Hill Road in Dyberry Township late Friday night, according to troopers.
The 31-year-old father of two left in an ambulance and now his death is under investigation.
Clemo’s mother and sister flipped through photos for his funeral service. The family wants to know what happened that night and longtime friend Josh Korb said everyone is staying strong while police investigate.
“We will get to the bottom of it, there are a lot of unanswered questions that we have. Everybody’s working with us the best we can,” said Korb.
State police filed search warrants Monday.
Clemo, his girlfriend Sara Kellerman and two friends were drinking when Clemo became upset, Kellermen told police during an interview at the hospital Saturday.
Those two men, Adam Dixon and Jonathan Yacinovich of the Waymart area told troopers that Clemo was violent, fell twice down sets of stairs hitting his head then had to be held down.
Troopers want DNA samples from the two and fingerprints after Dixon admitted to holding Clemo around the neck and Yacinovich admits he tied an extension cord around his legs.
Those court papers indicate Clemo turned purple and everyone waited until he no longer had a pulse to call 911.
“It’s going to be a rough time, he left two beautiful kids behind. He has a strong family. Strongest family I know,” added Korb.
At the garage in Manchester Township where Clemo spent lots of time working on demolition derby cars, his friends and family were putting together a final tribute for him. The demo derby car will be at his viewing Wednesday.
“It’s been really rough, it’s tough. I have a hard time with it. He’s my brother,” said relative Pete Hansen.
Investigators are still waiting for blood tests to come back to decide if it is a case of homicide.
An autopsy found a bone in Ryan Clemo’s neck was broken, according to search warrants.
A memorial fund has been set up for Clemo’s children as he did not have life insurance.