Frozen and non-frozen areas of Chippewa Lake are shown Thursday. Law enforcement officials said they are no longer investigating the lake in connection with the Dec. 16 disappearance of Lafayette Township Trustee Bryon Macron. LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE
The Medina County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday it thoroughly searched Chippewa Lake the morning of Lafayette Township Trustee Bryon Macron’s Dec. 16 disappearance.
A news release from the sheriff’s office said ice covered all but the center of the 330-acre lake that day. It said the lake and surrounding areas, including the inlet and outlets, were searched by sheriff’s deputies and from an Ohio Highway Patrol aircraft. The news release said the sheriff’s office believes there is no need for further investigation of the lake at this time.
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Macron’s black SUV was found in a parking lot on Beachside Drive in Chippewa Lake village. Access roads between there and the Lafayette Township complex also were searched.
Cuyahoga Crime Stoppers has issued a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to locating Macron. The Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau may be reached at (330) 725-9116. Crime Stoppers can be reached at (216) 252-7463.
The Bryon Macron Benevolent Fund has been established to help support the family. Donations can be made at FirstMerit bank locations.
Township trustees Michael Costello and Lynda Bowers also sent a letter Thursday addressed to Lafayette and Chippewa Lake residents. It addressed some of what were said to be unfounded rumors.
The letter — as well as the sheriff’s news release — said a rumor that township funds are missing is false.
Also, the letter said there is no evidence to support a rumor that the NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline project is connected to Macron’s disappearance.
The sheriff’s office had requested trustees to not speak further to the media.
“However, amid rumors and growing social media speculation, we believe our residents deserve a higher level of communication,” the letter said. “Your trustees requested a meeting with investigators and obtained permission to provide this information directly to you, our residents, since they do not feel it will compromise their investigation.”
The letter also asked if residents could contact authorities if they live on roads nearby the township hall at 6776 Wedgewood Road or roads in Chippewa Lake and have outdoor cameras on their homes, garages or other buildings that may have captured the flow of traffic between 1 a.m. Dec. 15 and 7 a.m. Dec. 16.
Awaiting results; vigil Saturday
The township hall was found unlocked with its lights on by a township employee on the morning of Dec. 16. Macron’s office was found in disarray, possibly indicating there had been a fight. Investigators confirmed blood was found in his office and in his vehicle.
Investigators are awaiting the results of forensic testing by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s office in Richfield and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The trustees’ letter said in most cases, forensic testing takes at least a month.
“He is three weeks gone and yet Trustee Bryon Macron’s disappearance has seemed like an eternity to our township,” the trustees’ letter said. “So many of you have offered prayers and positive support, and your trustees and Bryon’s family thank you.”
A vigil has been scheduled for the Macron family at 7 p.m. Saturday the cul-de-sac on Ivandale Drive in Lafayette.
Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or email@example.com.
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