As rescuers pulled a body out of Chippewa Lake on Tuesday afternoon, a crowd of onlookers wondered whether it was Lafayette Township Trustee Bryon Macron, who disappeared Dec. 16.
“It’s unknown who it is,” Medina County sheriff’s Capt. Kenneth Baca said during a media briefing. “It’s being sent to the coroner’s office for a medical examination and identification.
“Until positive identification is made, we can’t comment any further on that.”
Macron’s wife, Victoria, who came to Beachside Boulevard where rescuers were working, threw her arms around sheriff’s Capt. David Centner, who escorted her away.
The body was discovered about a quarter-mile from where Bryon Macron’s SUV was left in a parking lot on Beachside.
At 2:37 p.m. Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call that a body had been found in the water.
A kayaker discovered the body and got the attention of Chippewa Lake resident Theresa Wade, who was walking her dog with her husband by the lake. She called 911.
After the call, several watercraft, including one from Cleveland Metroparks, and divers searched the 330-acre lake.
“The lake has been searched before,” Baca said Tuesday. “We had a plane that flew a grid over it.”
The Sheriff’s Office has said the lake and surrounding areas, including the inlet and outlets, were searched by sheriff’s deputies and by an Ohio Highway Patrol aircraft after Macron, 45, disappeared.
There was a small layer of ice on the surface, residents said, when the lake was searched in December. The middle of the lake never completely frozen over.
A boat transported the body to a waiting ambulance on the western shore of the lake.
Baca said the body was taken to the Medina County Coroner’s Office.
He provided no timetable for when the body might be identified.
“That’s an answer that can only be answered by the coroner herself (Lisa Deranek),” he said.
A telephone message seeking comment from Deranek was not returned Tuesday.
Baca said he wasn’t sure where the examination and identification would take place.
“She might do it right here or send it to Cleveland (Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office),” he said.
The Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Richfield and the Cleveland office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation both have been involved in the case.
On Dec. 16, Macron’s office at the Lafayette Township Hall was found in disarray, with evidence of a possible altercation. The lights were on and the building was unlocked.
BCI examined Macron’s township office and found blood there and in his black SUV.
Since his disappearance, the Sheriff’s Office said it has had a detective working full-time on the case.
Macron has been a trustee since October 2010.
He has lived in Lafayette Township for 11 years. Macron and his wife have three daughters.
A former Marine, Macron was stationed in Norfolk, Va., where he worked on an anti-terrorism security team. He was employed in a jewelry wholesale business and coached football at Medina High School.
On Jan. 7, more than 50 neighbors and friends gathered for a 30-minute candlelight vigil in a cul-de-sac in the Macrons’ neighborhood.
Victoria Macron told those who attended that her husband’s disappearance had been “a nightmare. It’s incomprehensible. It’s just a bad dream.”
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