UPDATE @ 12:10 p.m. (11/30):
The body in the Dayton home has been identified as Zachary Fields, age 21.
The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office did not release the cause of death.
EARLIER REPORT (11/20):
Homicide detectives are now investigating a death after a man on the way to jail told Butler Twp. police officers he knew where to find a body.
The prisoner told police there was a body in a home in the 700 block of Springfield Street in Dayton, police said.
Butler Twp. officers met with Dayton police around 7:20 a.m. at the house, which had a window open that was big enough to climb through. Police then entered the house and found a body in the basement, investigators said.
Homicide detectives and the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office are working to determine the person’s identity as well as cause and time of death.
Dayton police released a statement that the death is possibly drug-related, and that the death happened some time ago.
It’s not clear how the prisoner knew about the body. It’s also unclear whether any arrests or charges are expected.
According to a Dayton police report, the house where the body was found was nuisance-abated, which is a code enforcement tool to resolve safety issues.
Dayton police released the following statement: