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Lafayette Township trustees return to work as search continues for colleague Byron Macron

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    Bryon Macron’s seat and nameplate for Lafayette Township trustee meetings is shown Tuesday.

    LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE

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Bryon Macron’s seat and nameplate for Lafayette Township trustee meetings is shown Tuesday.

LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE Enlarge

Lafayette Township trustees conducted Tuesday their new year organizational meeting minus one — Byron Macron, who has been missing since mid-December.

Macron’s nameplate was positioned in front of his empty seat as trustees Lynda Bowers and Michael Costello — along with fiscal officer Shirley Bailey — called Tuesday’s meeting to order.

Bowers said there is no new information about Macron’s disappearance.

Macron has lived in Lafayette Township for 11 years. He and wife Victoria have three daughters.

A former Marine, Macron was stationed in Norfolk, Va., where he worked on an antiterrorism security team.

Macron, 45, was appointed trustee in October 2010 to complete the term of former trustee Don Butler. Macron was elected to a four-year term in 2011 and re-elected in 2015.

The investigation into Macron’s disappearance is being conducted by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation with the assistance of the Cleveland office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Medina County Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Macron is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (330) 725-6631.

TIMELINE

  • Dec. 16: Sheriff’s deputies are called to the Lafayette Township Administration Building, 6776 Wedgewood Road, at 7:25 a.m. for “suspicious circumstances,” according to a news release. An investigation reveals Byron Macron, 45, is missing. His vehicle was located via OnStar several hours later in a public parking lot on Beachside Boulevard in Chippewa Lake. Macron is listed as a missing person in the National Crime Information Center, an electronic database used by nearly every criminal justice agency nationwide.
  • Dec. 20: Investigators confirm blood was found in Macron’s township office. Blood also was found in his black SUV. They also said his office at the Lafayette Township Hall was found in a state of disarray, indicating there may have been an altercation. A township employee found the offices unlocked with lights on. The Sheriff’s Office said no 911 call was made.
  • Dec. 23: Macron’s family releases a public statement asking for the public’s help in the investigation of his disappearance. “My family and I would like to thank the investigators working to bring Bryon home and those who are keeping our family in their thoughts and prayers,” said Victoria Macron in a one-page handwritten statement.
  • Jan. 5: The Sheriff’s Office says Chippewa Lake was searched. Ice covered all but the center of the 330-acre lake Dec. 17. The office says the lake and surrounding areas, including the inlet and outlets, were searched by deputies and Ohio Highway Patrol aircraft and there is no need for further investigation of the lake at this time.
  • Jan. 7: More than 50 neighbors and friends gather for a 30-minute candlelight vigil in a cul-de-sac on Ivandale Drive. Macron’s wife, Victoria, tells attendees the past three weeks have been “a nightmare. It’s incomprehensible. It’s just a bad dream. She adds: “But we’re going to find him. We’re going to bring him home. He’s a Marine, he’s strong.”


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