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Blood found in trustee's office; search continues for missing Bryon Macron

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Investigators are following a blood trail in the case of missing Lafayette Township Trustee Bryon Macron. Medina County sheriff’s deputies found blood in the office of Macron, who has been missing since Friday. Blood also was found in his black SUV, sheriff’s Capt. Kenneth Baca said Tuesday.

Macron’s vehicle was located via OnStar. It was parked in a lot on Beachside Drive in Chippewa Lake, he said.

His office at the Lafayette Township Hall was found in a state of disarray, indicating there may have been an altercation, a news release said.

A township employee found the offices at 6776 Wedgewood Road unlocked with lights on at about 7:30 a.m. Friday. He called the sheriff’s office and reported the “suspicious circumstances.”

Baca said no 911 call was made.

“It (the call) came in via a township trustee by way of a township serviceman,” he said. “They noticed some unusual activity at the town hall and that’s how we wound up getting the call.”

Baca said blood at the scene was what “led to the suspicion of us being called. Other than that, I can’t comment on a lot of the particulars because it is ongoing.”

He said the Bureau of Criminal Investigation was contacted to assist in processing Macron’s office and vehicle. The Cleveland office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation also is assisting.

The township employee had knowledge that Macron was scheduled to meet with a township resident later Friday morning, he said.

Macron, 45, a trustee for six years, is married with three daughters. He’s a former Marine.

The search for Macron recalls Mel Wiley’s disappearance in 1985.

Wiley, who was Hinckley’s police chief, was reported missing when Cleveland Metroparks rangers came across his abandoned 1980 Toyota at Edgewater Park in Cleveland. They found his clothes neatly folded inside the vehicle, with his wallet, belt and police identification card stacked on top.

A multi-department search for Wiley started there, but it didn’t take long for investigators to figure out that maybe Wiley didn’t want to be found.

Baca declined to comment on the Wiley case. He said when he started his career with the sheriff’s office, Wiley was a captain on the force.

He said the sheriff’s office didn’t have jurisdiction on the Wiley case; Medina police did.

“For me to make a comparison, I couldn’t really say,” he said.

Baca said the sheriff’s office’s detective bureau actively is investigating Macron’s disappearance.

“We’re asking anybody if they see him or know anything to give us a call,” he said. The sheriff’s office phone is (330) 725-6631.

“There’s a lot of legwork for the detectives to do, a lot of records to look at,” Baca said. “Forensics has to be looked at, too. This just occurred on Friday. Now we have the scientific end looking into things, too.”

It could take a while.

“Time can be a tremendous asset in an investigation,” Baca said. “You just have to manage it properly.”

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.



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