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Cold case project: 12-year-old boy’s death remains mystery 40 years later

Published: Thursday, February 07, 2013 @ 2:41 PM
Updated: Friday, February 08, 2013 @ 2:17 PM

The anonymous phone calls warned that a man's body would be found in a ditch along West Possum Road.

It took Clark County sheriff's deputies four hours to find that body, which was in a field far from the road, and wasn't that of a man, but of a 12-year-old boy: Marvin Lee King, known as Beau. Forty years later, his slaying remains unsolved.

"There are things that haunt you," Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly said on Jan. 25, the 40th anniversary of the day investigators assume Beau died. "This was a child that was left out there and no child deserves to die like that."

The sheriff's office continues to investigate the case, and has recently turned over evidence to the Ohio Bureau of Investigation for forensic testing, Lt. Christopher Clark said.

Beau lived in the Rose Garden Mobile Home Park, off Upper Valley Pike, north of the Upper Valley Mall. An only child, he lived with his mother, Monica. His father lived in Florida, according to news reports at the time.

On Jan. 25, 1973, his mother was working at a local bar, the Bonfire, she told the Springfield Daily News in 1977. Beau called her that evening and she told him she was busy and would call him back. But when she tried, she got no answer. She sent a friend to check on him, but the friend found the trailer door ajar – and no sign of Beau. He had been baking cookies in the kitchen.

Monica left work early and had a friend drive her home. After she spoke to several neighbors, she said, she reported the boy missing. It was about 11:30 p.m.

There were no signs of a struggle, Clark said, and detectives learned that Beau had spoken with some neighbors that night and "everything seemed to be fine."

A neighbor reported seeing Beau get into a dark-colored car, "possibly a 1965 Chevrolet or Pontiac" the Springfield Daily News reported in 1973.

The following day, the anonymous calls started, some of them to a local church.

The last call was to sheriff's dispatch at 9:45 p.m., according to news reports.

Deputies found Beau's body just after 10 p.m. Jan. 26. He was fully clothed, except for a coat, and had been dead for 12 to 16 hours. The sheriff's office later said the boy had been strangled with a nylon clothesline.

Detectives had at least one suspect almost immediately. Then-Sheriff Harold M. Mills told reporters that a "material witness," a 35-year-old Springfield man, was being interrogated at the county jail. A second "material witness" was to be taken in for a polygraph test.

But no one was ever charged in connection with Beau's death.

Clark said detectives are still interested in some of the possible suspects identified at the time of Beau's death.

"It's not like we don't have anything to go on," he said.

Detectives lost contact decades ago with Monica King, a native of England, Clark said, and aren't in contact with any family members.

In 1977, his mother described Beau as an outgoing, friendly boy, possibly too trusting, who didn't understand death. On Beau's last day alive, his pet hamster died, and his mother had to talk with him about death, a conversation that she said haunted her.

Beau's death also haunted his classmates at Simon Kenton Elementary School, which he attended before moving to Northwestern Local Schools. Two former Simon Kenton classmates, Nikki Rice, who now lives in Sarasota County, Fla., and Leslie Freed, of Marin County, Calif., said their friends still talk about Beau when they get together.

When told of the boy's murder, Freed said, "I'm not sure I even knew what it meant."

"He was a thin kid, freckles with blond hair," Freed said. "He looked like Alfalfa from ‘The Little Rascals' but with blond hair. He always had a smile on his face, and was one of the nicest kids I knew in school and still to this day."

Freed said she had a crush on Beau and that "when I refer to people who have boyfriends, I refer to them as Beaus. To me that keeps his memory alive."

Anyone with information about the abduction and death of Beau King should call Clark County Sheriff's dispatch at 937-328-2560.

Hundreds pay Memorial Day tribute to nation’s fallen in Dayton

Published: Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 1:54 PM
Updated: Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 5:06 PM

Edgar J. Moorman wore a red, white and blue flag-like vest, sat in a wheelchair at the Dayton National Cemetery and held an American flag to honor all of his fellow soldiers who didn’t come home.

The 98-year-old World War II and Army veteran who fought in the South Pacific islands, was grateful for the hundreds who turned out at the Memorial Day ceremony Monday to remember fallen service members.

“It’s of great significance,” he said. “It’s good that they speak of the actual thing about honoring those that gave their lives instead of the cookouts that are going on. I’m just glad that I was able to reach age 98.”

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Veterans, family members and others gathered Monday at the historic cemetery that will mark its 150th anniversary this year. A Civil War veteran was the first interred on the grounds on Sept. 11, 1867.

Five of Moorman’s 12 children joined him under a tent surrounded by more than 48,000 white gravestones, each with an American flag planted next to it.

“It’s the true meaning of Memorial Day,” said Patrick Moorman, 53, of Miamisburg and the youngest child of the WWII vet. “My dad appreciates representing his generation to those that aren’t around.”

On this Memorial Day, U.S. forces remain in years-long combat in Afghanistan and in the Middle East. The nation has lost more than a million in conflict since the Revolutionary War.

It’s important not only to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice, Air Force Col. John D. McKaye said, but also to “remember those who bear sacrifices unseen.”

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“Those who return to us and are scarred by what they’ve seen and endured in war,” he said.

Today’s missions challenge service members not just physically, but mentally and emotionally, said McKaye, commander of the 655th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

That includes making sure they have the tools to be successful on the battle and home fronts, he said, such as helping them develop the ability to make safer choices, build life skills, reduce self-defeating behaviors and improve resiliency.

“It’s up to us back home to ensure their sacrifices and the sacrifices of the ones they leave behind do not go unheeded or unheralded,” McKaye said at the ceremony.

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An-all volunteer honor squad started two years ago to provide full military honors for the estimated 1,000 veterans buried every year at the cemetery, said Dennis J. Adkins, a Montgomery County judge active in setting up support activities on the historic grounds.

Until then, only about 10 percent of veteran burials received full honors, including a rifle salute. The squad started wearing Union Army soldier caps Monday and will continue to do so through Sept. 11 to mark the cemetery’s anniversary.

“They’re out here in all kinds of weather — rain, sleet, snow, 100 degree weather — they’re out here at every service, sometimes doing six, seven, eight services a day,” Adkins said.

Cemetery Director Douglas Ledbetter told the crowd it was time “to put memorial back in Memorial Day.”

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“We not only honor the sacrifice of our veterans, we think of the mother who hears the sound of her child’s 21-gun salute, we grieve for the husband or wife who receives a folded flag, we grieve for a young son or daughter who only knows mom or dad through a photograph,” he said. “And as we share their grief, we also honor those among us, true heroes who place nation above self and give their all for each of us.”

Therese A. Young, 81, of North Hampton, wore a white Gold Star wives cap in memory of her husband, Edward, an Army veteran who served in Vietnam and died at age 72 in 2008.

Young said her husband’s death was caused from cancer due to Agent Orange, a defoliant U.S. forces sprayed widely in Vietnam.

“His country was so important to him and when everybody else can recognize that, I think I’m happy with that,” she said.

Longest-serving Dayton commissioner dies

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 7:40 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 8:15 PM

Dean Lovelace, the longest-serving Dayton City Commissioner, died this morning.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley confirmed that Lovelace has died.

“My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends,” she said. “His legacy will always be here, not only locally but nationally, his efforts fighting for the economically disadvantaged in our community.

“It was an honor serving with him as mayor and city commissioner,” Whaley said.

He left the commission Jan. 3, 2016, for health reasons after finishing his sixth term. His political career spanned more than two decades, and in the 1980s he ran the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s presidential campaign in Dayton.

RELATED: Lovelace announces final term

Lovelace, who was in his early 70s, was known as a firebrand committed to serving the most needy and vulnerable residents in the city, friends and peers said.

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Former Dayton Mayor Rhine McLin said Lovelace would take up issues no one else would, such as predatory lending, earned tax income, about holding banks accountable, and he also was instrumental in the dialogue about race in the city, she said.

“It is such a loss to the community. Dean Lovelace was such a fighter even through his illnesses,” she said. “He believed in what he believed and he acted on it, but he never forgot the little people.”

In addition to his 22 years on the commission, Lovelace retired in 2009 after a 25-year career at the University of Dayton, where he was director of the Dayton Civic Scholars program.

Funeral plans have not been announced.

Dayton police: ‘Pets are like family ... we do not want to shoot dogs’

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 4:44 PM

UPDATE @ 3:30 p.m.

Police in Dayton continue to look for the owner of a dog that was shot and killed by an officer Sunday morning.

The dog was one of two that had gotten loose from a home on Leland Avenue and police were called by residents who reported the dogs were being aggressive and chasing people trying to get to church.

A 9-1-1 caller told the dispatcher she was sitting in her car for a prolonged time waiting for her chance to run into the church.

Dayton officers arrived and attempted to corral the dogs back into their yard, but the dogs could not be confined because the yard was only partially fenced. One of the dogs was fatally shot when it charged at one of the officers, according to the Dayton police report.

Sgt. Creigee Coleman said the officer had no choice but to pull the trigger.

“We do not want to shoot dogs,” Coleman said. “People think we come on scene, that's the first thing we want to do. A lot of the officers here, they have dogs, they have pets. Pets are like family to certain people so they didn't want to have to shoot this dog.” 

Neighbors tell us the dog that was shot was known to be aggressive. The second dog was taken to the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center.

The owner, who police have not located and interviewed, could face some fines.


Police in Dayton tell us an officer shot and killed one of two dogs that were reportedly chasing people who were on their way to church.

It happened around 8:30 a.m. in the area of Hoover and Leland avenues. There were witnesses as folks were streaming in for Sunday services at two nearby churches — True Christian Missionary Baptist Church and Wayman AME Church.

Sgt. Creigee Coleman said officers responded to the report that two stray dogs were chasing parishioners. One of the dogs charged at one of the officers and that officer was forced to shoot, Coleman said.

The other dog ran away and it could not be located.

WHIO’s Allyson Brown is gathering more details for a full report during the 6 p.m. Newscast. 

Long-serving Dayton commissioner dies, was ‘always about people first’

Published: Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 10:20 AM
Updated: Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 11:39 AM

            Dean Lovelace

The Dayton community recalled Dean Lovelace, the city’s longest-serving commissioner who died Sunday, for the impact he made on others’ lives.

Lovelace was being remembered as “one of the region’s most-respected leaders” and “a consummate public servant” who battled social injustice.

“Dean was the original champion for Dayton’s neighborhoods and for those in poverty,” according to a statement from former Dayton mayor and current U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton.

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“Our strong relationship showed the community that race and party should never be a barrier for accomplishing great things together,” according to Turner. “Dayton will miss him greatly.”

Lovelace died Sunday, more than a year after stepping down from a Dayton City Commission seat he assumed in 1994. Lovelace had health issues in recent years, including suffering a stroke in 2008.

His family once lived in the DeSoto Bass housing projects and he long believed that residents can accomplish great things with a little assistance. He was known as a firebrand committed to serving the most needy and vulnerable city residents, friends and peers said.

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“It was always about people first, especially the little people,” said Dayton City Commissioner Jeff Mims Jr., a friend of Lovelace’s for more than 50 years.

Mims said he served with Lovelace in Boy Scouts and in athletics at Jefferson High School, where the latter graduated in 1964.

“Obviously, he was very focused on helping people,” said Mims, who graduated high school a year later. “If there was something that you didn’t understand, he’d be the one to explain it to you.”

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Lovelace studied applied and social economics at Wright State University, and business administration at the University of Dayton, where he would later work for 25 years, according to his Facebook page.

Mims and others cited his work against predatory lending “way before it was popular.” Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said “his legacy will always be here, not only locally but nationally, his efforts fighting for the economically disadvantaged in our community.”

Lovelace ended his 22-year tenure on the city commission in early 2016, seven years after retiring from UD, where he was director of the Dayton Civic Scholars program.


He taught a class on community engagement at UD, where one of his students was Matt Joseph, who would later serve on the city commission with him.

“He was someone who was there for the people who thought the world was against them, who thought society was against them, or that the government was against them — or thought they had been dealt a bad hand by life,” he said.

Lovelace was a community activist and organizer. In the 1980s, he ran the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s presidential campaigns in Dayton.

He was first elected to city commission in November 1993 after two unsuccessful bids. He bested five other candidates to fill the unexpired term of Mark Henry. In the special election, the independent topped Mary Sue Kessler, who was endorsed by the Montgomery County Democratic Party.

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Lovelace was a strong advocate for the formation of neighborhood development corporations to work on housing rehabilitation, job training and other projects.

He also served on the board of directors of the Miami Valley Fair Housing Center, where he “brought passion, personal integrity, care and kindness to everything he did,” according to a statement from Jim McCarthy, president and chief executive officer of the center.


Lovelace was one of the region’s most respected leaders who “utilized his intelligence, humility, humor and commitment to get things done,” City Commissioner Joey Williams posted on his Facebook page.

Lovelace’s Facebook page indicates he was from Ford City, Pa., northeast of Pittsburgh, but enjoyed being a Daytonian who “was completely dedicated to improving our city,” Williams noted.

Reaction to Lovelace’s death drew strong interest on social media, with dozens of Facebook comments within hours after his passing became public.

“I would not be where I am today” without his help, wrote Katy Crosby. “When so many told me no, he said yes. He believed in me, mentored and guided me and I am proud to be in a position to implement policies and programs focused on economic justice issues he fought for tirelessly his entire life.

“I will forever be grateful to him,” she added. “It will be my honor and lifelong commitment to continue his work.”

Services are pending and are expected to be handled by the House of Wheat Funeral Home, 2107 N. Gettysburg Ave., Mims said.