A 35-year-old man was arrested in Pennsylvania Tuesday in the 2019 death of a Seattle woman, the U.S. Department of Justice announced on Wednesday.
According to a criminal complaint, Jesse Dittmar is accused of sending multiple envelopes containing fentanyl to his former girlfriend, who had moved to Seattle.
The 32-year-old victim had dated Dittmar and moved to her brother’s home in Seattle in 2018.
On Jan. 29, 2019, Dittmar’s former girlfriend was found dead, less than 24 hours after she texted Dittmer that she had done some of the drugs that arrived in the mail the day before, according to the complaint.
The King County medical examiner said the victim died of acute drug intoxication, including fentanyl.
The DOJ said in a release, Dittmar tried to text the victim but she cut off contact with him until December 2018.
Between December 2018 and Jan. 29, 2019, Dittmar and the victim “were in contact and the texts make clear he was sending her drugs enclosed in greeting cards,” the news release said. “Following the victim’s death, multiple greeting cards and packaging materials for drugs were found in the victim’s bedroom.”
The case is being investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service with assistance from the Seattle Police and Fire departments.