July 24, 2016

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Sharon Twp. woman, 19, falls, dies at abandoned warehouse

A 19-year-old from Sharon Township died after falling through the roof of an abandoned building in downtown Akron this weekend.

Akron police said Adrienne L. Ryba, a sophomore architecture major at Kent State University, her boyfriend and another couple had been climbing on the roof of a warehouse at 219 Annadale Ave. shortly after midnight Saturday when the roof Ryba was walking on gave way.

Adrienne Ryba

Lt. Rick Edwards, an Akron police spokesman, said it appeared that alcohol was involved in the incident.

Ryba’s boyfriend was arrested at the warehouse, accused of yelling and cursing at paramedics, and refusing to answer questions about the incident.

Collin M. Butler, 20, of Hinckley Township, was charged with misconduct at an emergency and obstructing official business.

He was booked into the Summit County Jail and released on bond several hours later, Edwards said.

Jason Grom, a forensic investigator for the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office, said the warehouse was locked, but the four young people accessed the roof through a fire escape.

Ryba fell between 40 and 50 feet, Grom said.

Her friends called 911, and first responders forced entry to the building, Grom said. Ryba was pronounced dead at the scene, he said.

Grom said the death was listed as an accident, caused by multiple blunt force traumas as a result of the fall.

Ryba graduated from Highland High School in 2011 with honors. She played on the school’s volleyball team.

Calling hours for Ryba are 1 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. today at Northside Christian Church, 7615 Ridge Road, Wadsworth. Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Gazette reporter Loren Genson contributed to this report.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.