The Medina County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Wednesday night that the body pulled from Chippewa Lake on Tuesday is Lafayette Township Trustee Bryon Macron.
Macron, 45, was reported missing Dec. 16.
Macron’s wife, Victoria, was notified of the positive identification by Medina County Coroner Dr. Lisa Deranek, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Victoria Macron came to Chippewa Lake on Tuesday when news spread that a body had been found.
When she saw sheriff’s Capt. David Centner, she threw her arms around him and he escorted her from the area where rescuers were working.
A news conference to discuss the case is scheduled for 4 p.m. today at the Sheriff’s Office, 555 Independence Drive, Medina.
“Our community is saddened by the discovery of the body in Chippewa Lake,” Chippewa Lake Mayor Joanne Dodaro said in a statement after the identification.
“This poor soul was somebody’s family member and I think I can speak for our village when I say to that family our thoughts and sympathy are with you.”
Lafayette Township Trustee Lynda Bowers said Wednesday night that she and Trustee Michael Costello, were asked by the Sheriff’s Office not to speak to the media.
Macron had lived in Lafayette Township for 11 years. He is survived by Victoria and three daughters.
Discovered by kayaker
Macron’s body was found in the lake by kayaker Frank Webber, of LaGrange Township.
Webber, 72, said while he was paddling in the water Tuesday, he noticed something floating about 100 feet away. At first, he said, he thought it might be the head of a doll or mannequin.
“When I got up close, I saw there was a body attached,” he said. “It was a real body. It had some hair missing on the back of his head.”
He said the body was fully clothed.
“It looked like it had been at the bottom of the lake for some time,” Webber said. “It was covered with fine silt. It was brownish. It was pretty water logged.”
At 2:37 p.m. Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from Webber that a body had been found in the water.
Webber, who’s retired, said he was glad he found the body so the Macron family can have closure.
Macron’s body was sent to the Cuyahoga County medical examiner for identification and testing.
Webber said he had a pretty good idea it was Macron’s body. He said he was shown a picture of Macron by sheriff’s deputies.
“The picture showed a lot of resemblance to the body I saw,” Webber said.
He said he didn’t experience a sleepless night after finding the body.
“I spent a year in Vietnam,” Webber said. “I saw my share of bodies.”
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.
Macron had been a trustee since October 2010.
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.
Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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