19-Year-Old Kasson Man Charged in Death of Teen Found Months Later in Snow

Updated: 08/07/2014 6:10 PM
Created: 08/07/2014 6:02 PM
By: Cassie Hart

A Kasson man has been charged in connection to the death of Noah Graddy, a teen who went missing this winter; according to KSTP sister station ABC 6 News.

Nineteen-year-old Darrian Rice is now charged with second degree manslaughter.

Fifteen-year-old Graddy of Byron disappeared from Rice's home in Kasson in January. His body was found in March, along the railroad tracks between Kasson and Byron.

According to the final autopsy report, Graddy died of acute intoxication due to the combined effects of bupropion, methamphetamine, dextromethorphan, chlorpheniramine and hypothermia due to exposure, ABC 6 News reports.

On Jan. 21, Graddy and a few friends purchased meth in Rochester and brought the drugs back to Rice's home. The teens got high and spent the night, according the criminal complaint.

The next morning, Rice and another friend became annoyed when Graddy began acting strange and was being loud, the complaint states. 

Rice admitted to authorities he told Graddy to leave because he was afraid he would wake up his grandmother, according to prosecutors. Graddy became upset and left the home on foot and also left a note that said, "Thanks for using me until all my money was gone."

The temperature at the time was between 9 and 20 degrees below zero.     

Graddy's body was found on March 20, near the train tracks east of Kasson during a planned search.

Rice is currently being held at the Steele County Detention Center. He's due back in court, in Dodge County, on Aug. 20 at 11a.m.

Nineteen-year-old Darrian Rice is now charged with second degree manslaughter for Garddy's death.
Photo: Steele County Detention Center
Noah Graddy
Photo: KSTP/ File

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