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Body found in river possibly man who escaped correctional facility

Published: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 @ 7:51 PM
Updated: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 2:30 PM
By: Breaking News Staff

UPDATE @ 2:30 p.m. (Oct. 6): 

Officials have yet to confirm if the man pulled from the Stillwater River Wednesday was the same man who escaped from the MonDay Community Correctional Institution in September.

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This news outlet has learned records from the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office and the MonDay Community Correctional Institution indicate the same date-of-birth for Jason T. Bishop. However, officials at the coroner’s office, MonDay, and Dayton police have not confirmed the deceased is the escaped inmate. 

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On Sept. 23, a Jason T. Bishop, who was being held in connection to two car thefts, escaped from the facility. 

UPDATE @ 11:30 p.m. (Oct. 5)

The man whose body was pulled Wednesday night from the Stillwater River was identified earlier today as 40-year-old Jason T. Bishop of Dayton.

A man named Jason T. Bishop, also 40 and from Dayton, is wanted after he allegedly escaped Sept. 23 from the MonDay Community Correctional Institution in Dayton. He was held there in connection to two April car thefts.

>>Correctional facility prisoner still on loose after weekend escape

MonDay staff tonight said they had no comment on whether the escapee was the same person found in the river. They referred queries to the director.

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, sheriff’s office and Dayton Police Department also would not confirm Bishop was the same man.

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UPDATE @ 2:53 p.m. (Oct. 5)

The man found dead in Stillwater River has been identified as Jason T. Bishop, 40, of Dayton, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. There’s no preliminary cause and manner for his death yet.

EARLIER REPORT (Oct. 5)

The autopsy is scheduled for today on the body spotted Wednesday evening in the Stillwater River by a Dayton police officer.

The body is that of a male, believed to be in his 30s, and the death is being investigated as suspicious.

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"There are no signs of trauma ... There was no advanced stage of decomposition," said Dayton police Lt. Steve Bauer. "It doesn't look like there is any kind of foul play. It's kind of early to say."

A Dayton police officer reported finding the body around 7:40 p.m. off the 2300 block of Riverside Avenue in the Stillwater River.

Initial reports said the body was in the Great Miami River.

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