More than 50 neighbors and friends gathered in frigid temperatures Saturday evening for a 30-minute candlelight vigil in the Ivandale Drive cul-de-sac for missing Lafayette Township Trustee Bryon Macron.
Macron, 45, has been missing since Dec. 16.
His wife, Victoria, told the crowd the past three weeks have been “a nightmare.”
“It’s incomprehensible. It’s just a bad dream,” she said. “But we’re going to find him. We’re going to bring him home. He’s a Marine, he’s strong.”
Friends and neighbors who spoke described Macron as “approachable,” “a good guy,” someone who always “stops and says hi” and would “give you the right hand off his arm anytime.”
Homeowners in the Bennington Pointe neighborhood tied yellow ribbons to their mailboxes in a symbol of unity and support for the Macron family.
“Bryon and his family have been an integral part of our community and our lives,” said Bob Wuersik, president of the Bennington Pointe Home Owners Association. “We’re praying and continuing to support the family and praying for his safe return.”
Bundled up against the cold, Judy and Glenn Campbell, who live directly across the street from the Macrons, were among those showing support for the Macron family.
“If his wife and kids need something, we’re here for them,” Judy Campbell said. “We’re out here tonight to support them.”
The past few weeks have been “strange” for the Campbells because they said they ordinarily would see and wave to Macron when returning home from work.
“You expect to see him after work to say hi and he’s not there,” Judy Campbell said.
Neighbor Mike Minnich, who has lived in the development for 11 years, said he “played a lot of poker with Bryon.”
“We would have a few beers and did a few stupid things around here,” Minnich said with a laugh.
The last conversation he had with Macron was shortly after Veterans Day in November when Minnich’s son was going around the neighborhood selling popcorn.
“We’re both veterans and we were laughing about going around town and getting all the free food we could from businesses and organizations (on Veterans Day),” Minnich said. “We could have a beer, hang out, do something stupid and still have a good time and know he’s a good guy.”
The Rev. Thomas Schwartz from St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church in Medina led a prayer. Together, the crowd prayed for Macron’s safe return.
“Bryon, if you’re out there, we miss you and we hope you come home soon,” Minnich said.
Victoria Macron publicly thanked the community for their support.
“The outpouring of support from the community is unbelievable,” Victoria said. “I just want to thank everyone for supporting us.”
Byron, who served in the Marines, is the father of three daughters.
“Wherever Bryon is, we love him and we miss him,” Victoria said. “Our hearts are broken and we just want him home safe.”
Victoria Macron declined to share details or updates on the investigation regarding the search.
On the morning of Dec. 16, the Lafayette Township Hall was found unlocked with its lights on by a township employee.
Bryon Macron’s office was in disarray, as if there had been an altercation. Blood was found in his office and in his black SUV. The vehicle was found through OnStar in a parking lot on Beachside Drive in Chippewa Lake.
The Medina County Sheriff’s Office has said Chippewa Lake thoroughly was searched the morning of Macron’s disappearance by deputies and an Ohio Highway Patrol aircraft.
The news release said the Sheriff’s Office believes there is no need for further investigation of the lake.
Investigators are awaiting results of forensic testing from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Richfield and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Cuyahoga Crime Stoppers has issued a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to locating Macron. The sheriff’s 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 support the family. Donations can be made at FirstMerit bank locations.
Contact reporter Halee Heironimus at (330) 721-4012 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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