Pills are used for barter by the center's residents, the employee said.
"I think he overdosed," said the Industrial Home employee. "These kids have nothing else to do all day but get one over on them [the guards]. It doesn't surprise me that the [trazodone] would manage to get moved."
Residents sometimes hide medications in their mouths, although guards are supposed to crush them or check their mouths to make sure the residents have swallowed them, the employee said.
Joe Thornton, secretary of the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, which includes the Division of Juvenile Services, and Merendino didn't return phone calls Tuesday seeking comment for this report.
A receptionist said Merendino is on vacation.
Dale Humphreys, director of the Division of Juvenile Services, said he and his staff have been open about Hill's death since the beginning.
"We turned this over to the proper people and let them come up with any kind of conclusion," he said. "We investigated ourselves, to see if we had violated any policies."
Humphreys said children in the Industrial Home, located on the Doddridge/Harrison county line, do not have access to drugs.
"We are pretty good at detecting and keeping drug problems out of IHY," he said. "For this boy to say [in the letter] that he gave 20-some pills is way over the top, because the drug problem is just not there."
Everything was done by the book in the case of Hill's death, he said.
"I would love to know what turned this boy's heart off," he said. "I don't know if I will ever be able to tell you."
Nancy Szilvasi, Hill's grandmother and legal guardian, didn't know a letter claiming Hill had overdosed on depression medication existed until contacted by a Gazette reporter. She said she doesn't know what to think of the situation.
"I just want to say, if this was a cover-up and this was something that happened and I wasn't informed, then I hope the people involved receive some type of discipline," she said. "I hope they're further investigated."
If the letter is true, she said, she wants to find out how other kids in the Industrial Home came into possession of enough pills to kill Hill.
"How did they get it?" she asked.