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Missing man found dead in West Carrollton apartment, 2 arrested at same apartment

Published: Thursday, February 28, 2019 @ 4:44 PM

Missing man found dead in West Carrollton apartment

A Dayton man who was the subject of an endangered missing adult alert issued in December was found dead in a West Carrollton apartment and two people were arrested at the same apartment where he was found.

Jerry Truett, 69, of Dayton, was found dead Tuesday at the apartment in the 1700 block of Cherokee Drive, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. Coroner’s officials said they estimate that Truett died Nov. 29.

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A 911 caller told police about Truett’s body being in the apartment.

“You can smell it out in the apartment building,” the 911 caller said. “The door is shut and there’s a towel on the bottom of it...they are trying to cover up the smell.”

Missing man found dead in West Carrollton apartment, 2 arrested at same apartment

Truett was last seen at his South Gettysburg Avenue home Nov. 27, when he left on foot, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office said in a press release. He reportedly had condition that required medication.

Two people were arrested at the apartment where Truett’s body was found, jail records show.

Christine Michael, 52, was arrested on a 2018 warrant for possession of drugs, jail records show.

Harold Hammond Jr., 53, was arrested on a parole violation, according to online jail records.

Jail records show they were initially booked Tuesday morning on suspicion of abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence and a failure to report charge.

However, prosecutors have not approved any charges against Michael or Hammond in connection to Truett’s death, court records show. 

Coroner’s officials said they have not been able to determine yet how Truett died.