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

On Jan. 25, 1973 Marvin Lee King, known as Beau went missing. A couple of days later his body was found in Springfield. It's been 40 years since his death and police still want help. Watch this video for details.


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.

Clinton County police pursuit ends in Xenia

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 2:10 AM

A police pursuit that reportedly started in Clinton County has ended in a field near Bellbrook Avenue and S. Allison Avenue in Xenia.

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The incident occurred around 2 a.m. on Friday.

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The subjects fled the vehicle, per initial reports.

One individual has been captured by police, two others are still on foot.

We will update this story with more details as they develop.

Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Monday, October 09, 2017 @ 1:48 AM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 1:10 AM

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY

  • Alex-Bell Road will be closed for work on the Washington Twp. bridge over Holes Creek until Nov. 30. More information, including detour information, is available here.
  • A half-mile of Stroop Road in Kettering between Woodman Drive and Glenheath/Braddox intersection will be closed until the end of the year so a bridge can be replaced. .
  • I-70 east between I-75 and SR 202, Nightly lane closures Oct. 14 - 21 between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m. These will become double lane closures between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. One eastbound lane will remain open.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west, Overnight RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 23 at 10 p.m. - Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. The official detour is: I-75 north to Second Street to I-75 south to US 35 west. 
  • I-75 north/Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East ramp closure March 28 - Oct. 21. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H McGee Blvd. to Us 35 east
  • I-75 between I-70 and SR 571, nightly lane closures between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. through Oct. 31. The northbound side will become a double lane closure between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • Shroyer Road between Gainsborough Road and East Dorothy Lane will be repaved and reconfigured through at least October. Once the project is completed, Shroyer Road will be reduced to three lanes. 
  • SR 48 between I-70 and Phillipsburg-Union Road, Nightly lane closures Oct. 15 - 21 between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • The Webster Street bridge is closed as it is rebuilt. A detour will take drivers to Keowee Street to Monument Avenue. The project is scheduled to be completed in November.

MIAMI COUNTY 

  • I-75 between CR 25A (Troy) and US 36, shoulder closures through Oct. 31.
  • I-75 between CR 25A (Troy) and US 36, Nightly lane closures Oct. 16 - 21 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • I-75 between SR 571 and Northwoods Boulevard, Nightly lane closures Oct. 16 - Nov. 10 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. These will become double lane closures at 9 p.m. One lane will remaim open at all times. 
  • West Peterson Road at Piqua Troy Road, ROAD CLOSURE through Oct. 21. The official ODOT detour is westbound: Piqua Troy Road to Statler Road to CR 25A north to Eldean Road to Piqua Troy Road. Eastbound: West Peterson Road to Troy Sidney Road to Statler Road to Piqua Troy Road.

CLARK COUNTY  

  • I-70 east ramp to I-675 north, RAMP CLOSURE through Oct.31. The official detour is: I-675 to SR 444 to I-675 north.

DARKE COUNTY 

  • SR 721 between Childrens Home-Bradford Road and Horatio Harris Creek, BRIDGE CLOSURE Oct. 2 - 23. The official detour is: SR 185 to SR 48 to US 36.
  • SR 722 between Emrick Road and US 127, ROAD CLOSURE Oct. 9 - 30. The official detour is: SR 726 to US 40 to US 127.
  • SR 705 between Lightsville - Northern and Cochran Road, ROAD CLOSURE Oct. 30 - Nov. 10. The official detour is: SR 49 to SR 119 to SR 118.
SHELBY COUNTY  
  • SR 29 between Cisco Road and West Russell Road, shoulder closures through Nov. 17. *There could be intermittent lane closures in this area between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • SR 219 between State Street and Taylor Road, Daily lane closures Sept. 27 - Oct. 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open  for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.
  • SR 66 between Mason Road and Dirksen Road, Daily lane closures Sept. 27 - Oct. 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers. 

Still no winner of Queen of Hearts record jackpot

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 9:24 AM
Updated: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 10:00 PM

Stiil no winner in Ansonia Queen of Hearts

UPDATE @ 10 p.m. (Oct. 19)

The jackpot grows to more than $350,000 after there was still no winner tonight for the Queen of Hearts game of chance at The Whistle Stop in Ansonia.

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There are now 13 cards remaining for the next drawing, which is set for 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.

UPDATE @ 9:30 p.m. (Oct. 12)

Tonight there was still not a winner for the Queen of Hearts drawing at The Whistle Stop in Ansonia.

There are now 14 cards remaining for the next drawing.

UPDATE @ 9:40 p.m. (Oct. 5)

Once again, there is no winner for tonight’s Queen of Hearts drawing at The Whistle Stop in Ansonia.

Ansonia raffle

There now are 15 cards remaining, with another drawing set for next Thursday.

Queen of Hearts is a legal game of chance in which the person holding the winning ticket pulled during a raffle has a chance to pick the Queen of Hearts from the remaining cards in the deck, according to Daryl Riffle, father of the owner of the Whistle Stop, 200 S. Main St.

UPDATE @ 9:54 p.m. (Sept. 28): No one won the record $350,000 jackpot in the Queen of Hearts drawing.

There now are only 16 cards remaining and the owner of The Whistle Stop in Ansonia said the weekly drawing will continue until someone wins.

UPDATE @8:15 a.m. (Sept. 28)

There’s another Queen of Hearts drawing at The Whistle Stop in Ansonia tonight, and the jackpot is estimated to be around $340,000.

Tickets will be sold up until 8:30 p.m. The drawing will happen around 9 p.m.

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UPDATE @ 10:15 p.m. (Sept. 21):  Once again, there was no winner tonight in the Queen of Hearts drawing for a jackpot estimated at more than $326,000.

There are 17 cards remaining.

UPDATE @ 6 a.m. (Sept. 21):

There will be another Queen of Hearts drawing tonight at The Whistle Stop in Ansonia.

Last week, the jackpot was estimated to be $330,000.

Queen of Hearts is a legal game of chance, where the person holding the winning ticket pulled during a raffle has a chance to pick the Queen of Hearts from the remaining cards in the deck, according to Daryl Riffle, father of the owner of the Whistle Stop, 200 S. Main St.

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UPDATE @ 9:25 p.m. (Sept. 14): 

Sorry, no winner in tonight’s jackpot drawing.

UPDATE @ 6:21 p.m. (Sept. 14):

There will be another Queen of Hearts drawing at The Whistle Stop restaurant in Ansonia tonight.

The jackpot is estimated to be $330,000. The drawing will happen at 9 p.m.

Queen of Hearts is a legal game of chance, where the person holding the winning ticket pulled during a raffle has a chance to pick the Queen of Hearts from the remaining cards in the deck, according to Daryl Riffle, father of the owner of the Whistle Stop, 200 S. Main St.

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UPDATE @ 9:17 p.m. (Aug. 31):

No one won tonight’s drawing. 

Andrew Riffle, owner of The Whistle Stop and one of the chief organizers of the drawing, said he has heard that people from all over the state -- and Kentucky -- have been coming to Ansonia for the drawing, which now he guesses is in its 31st week.

"We're ready for somebody to walk away with a lot of money," he told News Center 7's James Buechele on Thursday night. 

"If not, we'll keep going until somebody hits it." 

Next week's drawing will be postponed because of a race event at Eldora Speedway that brings in about 40,000 fans. Riffle said Queen of Hearts organizers are going to let the sheriff's office concentrate on that event at Eldora. 

He said he's lost a lot of sleep running the drawing. Two or three hours a night these days is good for him, he said. 

"We're ready for it to be over," Riffle said. 

"We've gotten the exposure we wanted." The charities for which the event was created have done well, he noted, having attracted more than $50,000 in donations. 

When someone wins the jackpot, Riffle said the drawing will take a break until Spring 2018.  

Jim Moore said he bought "plenty" of tickets for his first turn at the jackpot. He traveled to Ansonia from Fort Loramie and thought tonight would be his lucky night.

EARLIER REPORT

The jackpot for the Queen of Hearts game at The Whistle Stop restaurant in Ansonia is estimated to be around $300,000 when the business draws tonight’s winning ticket for a chance at the pot, according to the business.

The drawing has grown so large that the business has been working with local law enforcement agencies to keep employees, customers and residents safe during the event.

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Tickets for the game are $1 each and sales are cut off at 8:45 p.m. Thursday. The winning ticket will be selected at 9 p.m., Riffle said.

The business also has a 53-foot semi trailer that will be used to project tonight’s Ohio State Buckeyes football game on.

Ansonia police and the Darke County Sheriff’s Office will be supplying extra patrols for tonight’s event.

The Whistle Stop started the Queen of Hearts game at the business last year and are currently on the third game since it began, Riffle said.

Vietnam vet on sharing story: ‘Never let a good scar go to waste’

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 7:38 PM

.Severely disfigured Vietnam vet uses story to inspire Oakwood students

A Vietnam War veteran severely disfigured when a grenade exploded inches from his face used his story today to inspire Oakwood students.

Dave Roever was hospitalized for 14 months, and still has to undergo surgeries decades later for his injuries.

“I was trying to throw a hand grenade and a sniper shooting at my head missed. But it hit my hand, the grenade,” he said. “The burns at 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit exploded six inches away from my face.”

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He urged the students to live drug-free, alcohol-free lives, and to live with integrity and respect.

“I am here for the people who have more scars on the inside than I have on the outside,” Roever said. “Never let a good scar go to waste.”

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Students said after hearing Roever’s story, they were able to let go of some anxieties.

“He definitely made everyone else’s problem seem really small because what he went through was so huge,” said Oakwood High School student Laney Teeters.