LAFAYETTE TOWNSHIP, Ohio-- Investigators held a news conference Thursday afternoon following the discovery of a body in Chippewa Lake that was later identified as missing man, Bryon Macron.
Macron, a township trustee, was reported missing on Dec. 16. The 45-year-old father of three was last seen leaving his house on Ivandale Drive in Medina. That same day, officers found his SUV at Chippewa Lake and his office had been ransacked.
Medina County Prosecutor S. Forrest Thompson said there was blood in his vehicle and office, which was "isolated to a single source." He would not say if it belonged to Macron.
A kayaker discovered the body, which was later ID'd as Macron, in Chippewa Lake Tuesday afternoon.
Medina County Coroner Dr. Lisa Deranek said a preliminary autopsy is complete, but toxicology results will take another two to three weeks. She said it was very difficult to determine how long Macron's body was in the water.
During Thursday's news conference, Medina County Sheriff Tom Miller was pressed on why the lake where Macron's SUV was found wasn't searched sooner. Miller said they combed the shoreline and used an Ohio State Highway Patrol plane to look from above. According to Miller, there were no indications they should search the water, saying there were no footprints leading to the lake.
Lafayette Township Trustees Lynda Bowers and Michael Costello released a statement after learning Macron had passed:
"A man who deeply loved his family and his God, Bryon was so proud to represent the residents of Lafayette, a close-knit township that especially enjoyed his spontaneous wit and ready willingness to help others. Bryon was never afraid to roll up his sleeves and do whatever needed to be done. We will cherish the memory of Bryon’s favorite encouragement 'Make it Happen.'"
The trustees thanked Lafayette Township fire and rescue as "they cared for Bryon one last time in the recovery of his body. "
Bowers and Costello also said they were assured by law enforcement there is no evidence to suggest this Macron's death should be cause for fear in the community.
Donations can be made to the Bryon Macron Benevolent Fund at any Huntington Bank location.