After Overdose, Luzerne County Man Strangled in Truck, Dumped in Susquehanna County

SCRANTON -- Two Lackawanna County men are locked up, charged with strangling a man in a vehicle. Investigators say they later dressed up the body to make him look alive before dumping the body in Susquehanna County.

Prosecutors said they have never seen a case like this before.

State police say on Thursday, two men and a woman took a man who was overdosing on drugs for a ride from Scranton to Susquehanna County. They strangled him with jumper cables while they were traveling on the highway, before dumping the victim in the woods.

State police say Tyler Mirabelli's friends called him for a ride to the hospital when they believed Joshua Rose was overdosing on drugs in Scranton.

Instead, troopers say Mirabelli drove his truck north on Interstate 81 towards Susquehanna County with the victim, Preston Layfield, and Amanda Wayda on board.

“Bottom line, they drove right past a hospital and continued north on I-81. At this time, we are not sure why they did that,” said Pennsylvania State Police Corporal Mark Prushinski.

According to court papers, as the group reached northern Lackawanna County Layfield used jumper cables to strangle Rose.

Troopers say before the trio stopped for gas, they placed a hat and sunglasses on the victim.

“If someone is OD'ing you should help them, right? To the hospital is the number one thing, not strangle them and dump their body. It's absolutely terrible,” said Brandon Ritter of Lenoxville.

Detectives say the group then made another stop near on Glenwood Road in Hop Bottom where they heaved the body near some railroad tracks.

Tammy Carey lives right up the hill and heard a train whistle blow as police arrived.

“I thought it was a deer or something on the tracks, but it turns out it was something different,” Carey said.

An arrest warrant was issued for Wayda. State police say she called police on Sunday and told them she had witnessed a murder.

State police said Wayda was taken into custody by troopers from the Frackville station and is locked up in the Lackawanna County Prison.

Amanda Wayda

Amanda Wayda

The two men are charged with aggravated assault and conspiracy.

An autopsy for Joshua Rose is scheduled for Tuesday. Prosecutors say after that they expect to file more serious charges.

13 comments

  • Kevin J Cooper

    Just checked to see if there’s any update on the heroin epidemic, and if it’s being treated as the public health crisis that it is. No updates to report as of this time. Still being treated as a “criminal issue”. I did incidentally find out while Googling that in regards to “The War on Drugs”, that “Drugs” have indisputably won. #GoBigPharma

  • We Pay, And We Mean Pay Taxes

    Susquehanna County need a serious Police presence. Been a tax payer here, and are sick of the riff raff. WE welcome the police. WE don’t fall under the delusion of “we police ourselves”. Clean the borough out.

    • They Can't Be Everywhere

      All areas have serious issues with drugs these days. This incident took place two counties away. They brought the body somewhere around Hop Bottom, dumped it and left. Not sure how a police force would have been right place, right time to prevent that from happening!

      • losers

        You folks in southern Susquehanna county along interstate 81 are a bunch of weirdo freaks also! What the he**! You guys are all north scranton trash.

      • E

        Ha ha Wrong! All areas absolutely DO NOT have a drug problem. Lol. Do you tell yourself that nonsense just to feel better about the decay of your shi*hole area. Ha ha! No drug problem here, which is why I live in this amazing community. Typical coal miner delusions.

  • phewwww!

    Latter news report states perps put sunglasses and hat on dead body while getting gas at staion. Wow! Weekend at bernie’s. I have one question, why are you freaks in Lackawanna and luzerne counties so weird? Everyday its something with you people. I live in a nice rural area. You city people trip me out. I used to do drugs. Not no more. I just watch the news out of scranton/wilkesbarre and i get my fix. How can you folks live like this? Have you no self-esteem? Please, let me know why you weirdos are weirdos.

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