Body found in truck was missing veteran


Officials have identified a man found dead on Allenby Drive earlier this week.
Union County Coroner’s Office Investigator Lance Emberling confirmed this morning the man is a 31-year-old veteran from North Royalton.
Emberling said there were no signs of trauma on the body.
Monday morning, Marysville Police found the corpse of a man inside a truck parked in front of the Marysville Holiday Inn Express. Officials estimated he had been there for “three or four” days. Investigators sent the body to the Montgomery County Coroner for an autopsy and identification.
In an interview this morning, Emberling said the sister of the man came to officials earlier this week with a description of her brother. That description was sent to the Montgomery County Coroner, who was able to identify the man.
Officials are still investigating the cause of death. However, Emberling said the man suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and had told a friend he planned on going somewhere “no one could find him” and killing himself.
The man went missing July 13, and on July 16 was entered into the Department of Veteran’s Affairs as a missing person.
“They tried pinging his cellphone, and he had turned it off,” Emberling said.
According to Emberling, toxicology reports should be available in eight to 12 weeks. Officials contacted the man’s family Tuesday.
“It’s a developing situation right now,” Emberling said.
While the man has been identified, the Journal-Tribune does not publish the identification of those who commit suicide.

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