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Updated: 9:25 a.m. Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 | Posted: 1:28 a.m. Friday, Nov. 1, 2013

Arrest made in killing of missing Sidney man

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Courtesy: Shelby Police Department
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James Cole, 78, of Sidney, has been missing since Oct. 13. photo
James Cole, 78, of Sidney, has been missing since Oct. 13.
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Michael Woods

By Frazier Smith

Breaking News Staff


An arrest has been made in the killing of missing Sidney resident James Cole.

A Sidney man is in the Shelby County Jail charged with aggravated murder in the death of 78-year-old James Cole, who was reported missing on Oct. 14.

Sidney Police Chief William Balling, in a news release issued early this morning, said his officers learned through the course of their investigation that Cole was a victim of a homicide.

Officers arrested Michael J. Wood,39, of the 400 block of Brookburn St., on Friday. Police said Wood and Cole were neighbors, and the arrest was made following a citizen tip.

Cole's body has not been found, and officials are asking residents to be alert and on the lookout.

Wood was taken to the county jail, where he's being detained on a charge of felony aggravated murder. Authorities said he is not cooperating.

Cole's family had asked area residents to check their properties for any sign of the man, who was last seen at about 3 p.m. on Oct. 13 at his Sidney residence on Brookburn Street.

At the time Cole was reported missing, police said there was no evidence of any kind of struggle in his home. His dog was left behind, which his family said was highly unusual. The family had asked area residents to check their properties, barns and outbuildings for any sign of Cole.

Cole had diabetes, but was described as healthy otherwise, his family said.

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