During a press conference Thursday at the Medina County Jail, Sheriff Tom Miller, left, responds to a question regarding the discovery of Lafayette Township Trustee Bryon Macon's body Tuesday in Chippewa Lake. Medina County Prosecutor S. Forrest Thompson listens.
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Medina County officials held a 34-minute news conference Thursday afternoon about the death of Lafayette Township Trustee Bryon Macron, but said they could not disclose many details of the investigation.
Medina County Prosecutor S. Forrest Thompson and county Coroner Dr. Lisa Deranek, both in office just a little more than a month, declined to give specifics about Macron’s disappearance or autopsy information.
Macron was reported missing Dec. 16. His body was found Tuesday by a kayaker at Chippewa Lake.
Deranek said his body was transported to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. She said preliminary results were known but toxicology reports will take two to three weeks to complete.
Thompson said, “This is an ongoing investigation on a number of different levels. It would be inappropriate at this time for us to answer detailed questions.”
He asked reporters to not take offense if he, Deranek and Sheriff Tom Miller were unable to answer in-depth questions.
“At this time, we will not release any of the preliminary results, pending the investigation,” Deranek said. “My prayers go out to the family.”
Questions were asked about how thoroughly the Sheriff’s Office searched Chippewa Lake after Macron’s black SUV was discovered in December in a parking lot off Beachside Boulevard, near where the body was found.
“The search was conducted along the shoreline,” Miller said. “An airplane from the (Ohio) Highway Patrol was brought in and flew over a 5- or 6-mile area. We were looking for footprints that led to the lake. We did not find any. I can’t tell you why we did not find any.”
“I think if we had thought it was appropriate at the time — if we had found something that would indicate he was in there — that would have been done,” Miller said about calling in dive teams.
Lafayette trustees Lynda Bowers and Michael Costello sent a letter to residents Thursday and asked them not to fear for their safety.
“We continue to be assured by law enforcement that there is no evidence to suggest this situation should be cause for fear in the community,” the letter said. “Numerous law enforcement agencies are working hard to get the answers Bryon’s family and our community deserve.”
Thompson was asked if there is a killer at large.
“That question is premature,” he said. “It cannot be answered (now). The facts will take us to the direction that needs to be taken.”
Bowers said Lafayette residents deserve to know if they should be afraid.
“We insisted on answers to that question and reported to the residents accordingly,” she said.
Thompson wouldn’t say if the body had any bruising or other markings.
“That cannot be fully evaluated until we have the toxicology screen,” he said.
When pressed further on the issue, he said, “It’s not going to be discussed at this time.”
Thompson said it accurately has been reported that there was some type of disturbance at Macron’s township office at 6776 Wedgewood Road.
He said the blood found in the office and in Macron’s car has been isolated to a “single source.”
Thompson wouldn’t divulge how much blood was found — a few drops or much more.
“I know I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but in all truthfulness, it is part of the investigation, which is not complete,” he said.
Thompson said he’s not going to expound on how Macron died at this time.
He said at this time, he said, authorities do not have a person of interest in the case.
“We have to explore all options, including the option of foul play,” he said. “There is insufficient evidence in our hands at this time that we are willing to divulge that leads us in one direction or another. We don’t know at this time.”
Deranek said the Cuyahoga medical examiner told her that because of the cold temperature of the lake, it’s was very hard to determine how long Macron’s body was in the water.
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