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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


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


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.

Vehicle accident, with pole and wires down, reported in Jamestown

Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 @ 6:46 PM

Vehicle accident, with pole and wires down, reported in Jamestown

Greene County fire/rescue crews have been sent to a vehicle accident in the 4000 block of Navajo Trail, in Jamestown, with a pole and wires reportedly down.

The accident was dispatched just before 6:30 p.m. and Navajo Trail has been shut down at Huron Trail. 

We have a crew on the way and we will update this developing report.

4 injured in 3-vehicle accident on state Route 66 in Auglaize County

Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 @ 6:41 PM

4 injured in 3-vehicle accident on state Route 66 in Auglaize County

A three-vehicle accident in New Bremen, Auglaize County, sent four people to hospitals and remains under investigation, troopers with the Ohio Highway Patrol, Wapakoneta post, said.

The driver and a passenger in a Honda minivan drove into the path of a semitrailer at state Route 66 and Lock Two Road just before 1 p.m., according to the patrol. 

Jeanette Raudabaugh, 81, of Saint Marys, and the passenger in her minivan suffered incapacitating injuries and were taken to St. Ritas Hospital in Lima. 

The driver of the semitrailer, 34-year-old Doug Everman of Celina, suffered minor injuries. He was taken to Joint Twp. Hospital in Saint Marys. 

According to the state patrol, the collision involving Raudabaugh's and Everman's vehicles caused the big rig to hit a Chevy passenger car headed north on 66. 

Janelle Homan, 32, of Saint Marys, was driving that car. She was taken to Joint Twp. Hospital also, suffering non-incapacitating injuries. 

Alcohol use is not suspected in the accident that left all three vehicles heavily damaged, according to the patrol.

Lebanon man gets 5 years for selling drugs in fatal overdose

Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 @ 5:42 PM

Lebanon man gets 5 years for selling drugs in fatal overdose

A 30-year-old Lebanon man pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and drug trafficking in connection to the overdose death of a 50-year-old man.

Andrew M. Lutz was sentenced to five years in prison by Warren County Common Pleas Judge Timothy Tepe.

Charles Boswell Jr. was found unresponsive in a vehicle Sept. 14, 2016, on U.S. 42 in Mason, and was taken to West Chester Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Investigation revealed that Boswell’s cause of death was an overdose from fentanyl and carfentanil. His passenger also was treated for a drug overdose but survived, according to the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office.

Mason police detectives learned Lutz had sold to Boswell and his passenger what they believed to be heroin a short time before at Lutz’s Lebanon residence. Lutz was arrested by Lebanon police and agents of the Warren County Drug Task Force. Investigators seized fentanyl, carfentanil and drug trafficking paraphernalia from Lutz’s Warren Street residence, prosecutor’s said.

Tree pollen spikes with warm weather 

Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 @ 11:11 AM

DAYTON —The Miami Valley has been experiencing a warm stretch lasting more than five days.

Temperatures have been more than 20 degrees above normal since last weekend. 

Periods of abnormally high temperatures in February has been shown to correlate with a spike in tree pollen. 

Records from the Regional Air Pollution Control Agency, the agency that keeps track of pollen counts in the Miami Valley, show that after our last brief warm burst a quick burst in tree pollen was recorded. 

This time, counts following a record breaking weekend show the spike in tree pollen this week was even higher than the last. 

Since temperatures in the 60s are expected for the rest of the week it's a good bet our pollen counts will stay in the moderate range possibly higher.

Warm and breezy weather is typically a driver for higher pollen counts. 

Rain can wash the pollen out of the atmosphere but also can bring up mold counts and even promote plant growth. 

Temperatures are expected to snap back to reality briefly this weekend after a strong cold front passes. 

Looking at long range trends through another period of warm weather is expected next week. 

Stay tuned to the latest forecast and get the most recent trends for our pollen counts on-air and online from your Storm Center 7 team.