Special Forces veteran’s missing dog found safe after crash

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 4:05 PM


            A service dog belonging to a Special Forces Veteran that has been missing since Friday has been found and returned safely to his owner.
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A service dog belonging to a Special Forces Veteran that has been missing since Friday has been found and returned safely to his owner.(Contributed)

A service dog missing for more than two days after he ran off when the vehicle his owner was driving became involved in a crash in Kettering has been found and reunited with his owner.

Officials say Zeus, a German short-hair Pointer — two years old, weighing about 60 pounds — and his owner, a Special Forces veteran, were involved in a two-vehicle crash that ended with their vehicle into a pole at the intersection of East Dorothy Lane and Shroyer Road on Friday.

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Zeus ran from the crash that occurred just after 11 a.m. on Friday and had not been found until Monday morning, when an Oakwood family saw the dog and was able to make sure he was returned safely to his owner.

Oakwood police were able to transport Zeus to the veteran’s home. The veteran’s name had not been released.

Social media had become flooded with posts and tweets regarding Zeus, as local residents offered to volunteer their time to search for the missing dog.

FIRST REPORT: Veteran’s service dog missing after running off in Kettering crash

Dispatchers with Oakwood and Kettering noted a substantial number of calls had been placed by concerned citizens looking to help locate the dog and also expressing concern for the military veteran.

Zeus’ owner reportedly suffered a broken jaw as a result of the crash and reportedly was not willing to seek medical treatment until his dog was found, community members said.

Signs about Zeus being missing, as well as articles of clothing, were placed all around the Oakwood, Far Hills, and Oak Knoll areas where he was last seen.

Pet FBI Ohio, an organization founded in 1998, that gathers and publishes information about lost and found pets across the state, had more than 100 posts about Zeus from the time he was missing until the moment he was returned home.

“Hey Friends great news! Dad and Zeus are headed to the vet to have him checked out!,” the organization posted on its Facebook page.

Officials have not released an update on the owner’s condition or if he is willing to seek medical treatment now that Zeus has been found.

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Discovery of body in Bethel Twp., Clark County, prompts death investigation

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 12:13 AM

The discovery of a body in a residence in the 800 block of Edgewick Road in Bethel Twp., Clark County, has prompted a death investigation by the sheriff's office.

Sheriff's detectives were at the residence at midnight, awaiting the arrival of a county coroner's investigator. Crime scene tape has been installed around the home and the property as part of the investigation. 

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Deputies were called to the address sometime between 10 and 11 p.m., we're hearing. 

No other details were available. We'll keep working to bring you more details about this investigation. Stay with whio.com for breaking news. 

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Springfield man, 74, missing since Monday is found alive after search

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 8:18 AM
Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 2:30 PM

First responders are searching for a missing Springfield man.

UPDATE @ 2:02 p.m.:

A 74-year-old missing Springfield man who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease has been found alive and is being provided medical attention after being found in a wooded area where police have been searching for him since this morning.

Jack Dietsch’s vehicle was found around 8:15 a.m. abandoned in a field in the area of Titus Lane in Springfield Twp., Clark County.

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Multiple officers from different Clark County agencies responded. An airplane, a drone and K-9 units initially were used to try to find Dietsch, authorities said, but were unable to do so. Officers began a ground search this afternoon, which led to Dietsch.

UPDATE @ 9:19 a.m.

A black Chevrolet Cruze owned by Jack W. Dietsch, a missing 74-year-old man from Springfield, was found Thursday morning in Springfield Twp.

According to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Dietsch has not been located and an extensive search of the area with a K-9 unit is planned to take place.

Dietsch, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, was last seen Monday and does not have medications on him, according to authorities.  

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FIRST REPORT: 

Officers are reportedly searching in the area of a vehicle found abandoned in the area of Titus Lane in Clark County, according to initial dispatch reports.

Initial reports indicated officers may be looking for a person who was reported missing to authorities.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol also was contacted to possibly provide an aircraft to assist with the search, reports indicated.

We’re working to learn more and have a crew on the way to the scene.

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Franklin gives OK to demolish condemned home

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 5:39 PM

This building at 525 Riley Blvd. in Franklin is being scheduled for demolition by Warren County. ED RICHTER/STAFF
This building at 525 Riley Blvd. in Franklin is being scheduled for demolition by Warren County. ED RICHTER/STAFF

A condemned city-owned structure will be demolished by Warren County.

Franklin City Council recently gave its approval for Warren County to demolish the building at 525 Riley Blvd.

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According to City Manager Sonny Lewis, Warren County will use Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds for the demolition project, which includes the bidding, asbestos removal and demolition.

Depending on the amount of asbestos to be removed, Lewis said the cost for the demolition project is estimated at $25,000, with the city paying 50 percent of the costs.

Lewis said did not have a timeframe for the demolition project or when it will start.

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Gravesite for ‘Buckskin girl’ to get new headstone with her name

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 5:46 PM

Miami County sheriff identifies cold case victim 37 years later

A young woman found dead in a Miami County ditch known as the “buckskin girl” will finally have a headstone bearing her name.

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New genetic genealogy tools through the nonprofit DNA Doe Project led to the discovery of the woman’s identity: 21-year-old Marcia L. King of Little Rock, Arkansas, the Miami County sheriff announced in April.

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King was found in April 1981 in a ditch along Greenlee Road west of Troy. She was dubbed “buckskin girl” for the jacket she was wearing. Her homicide remains unsolved.

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Now that King’s body has finally been identified, her burial site at Riverside Cemetery in Troy will now reflect that.

Her family is expected to travel to Miami County for a brief memorial on Friday when a new headstone with her name will be placed on her grave.

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