Friday, June 8, 2012

UPDATE: Autopsy Reveals Chillicothe Man Found In Burned Home Died Of Blunt Force Trauma


Autopsy Reveals Chillicothe Man Found In 


Burned Home Died Of Blunt Force Trauma

Friday June 8, 2012 6:29 PM
UPDATED: Friday June 8, 2012 6:47 PM New information surfaced on Friday about a man who died after being pulled from a burning home.A coroner’s report obtained by 10TV News on Friday showed that 89-year-old Harry Smith suffered lacerations and contusions to the wrist, abdomen and the head, which fractured his skull when he was pronounced dead on Oct. 16.


New information surfaced on Friday about a man who died after being pulled from a burning home.

A coroner’s report obtained by 10TV News on Friday showed that 89-year-old Harry Smith suffered lacerations and contusions to the wrist, abdomen and the head, which fractured his skull when he was pronounced dead on Oct. 16.
   
The autopsy also found no evidence of soot in Smith’s airway, and a carbon monoxide saturation of less than 10 percent, 10TV’s Glenn McEntyre reported.

The report indicated the Smith’s death was caused by blunt force trauma to the head.

Smith’s family members said that they did not think Smith’s death was an accident.

“It’s with me the same as my breath. Every moment, it’s in my mind,” said Smith’s son, Jerry Smith.

Jerry Smith that said ever since his father died, investigators have treated his father’s death like a suicide.

“The authorities were telling me things that were trying to steer toward him possibly doing it to himself,” Jerry Smith said. “He was absolutely beat up. He was beat to a pulp.”

Ross County Prosecutor Matt Schmidt said that while the autopsy found the mechanism of death, the coroner would have to consider the findings of the sheriff’s investigation and forensic evidence before ruling the case a homicide or a suicide.

The coroner said that he expected to release those findings on Monday, McEntyre reported.

Family members questioned why the investigation took so long.

“We’ve had to work so hard to feel like we’ve kept this alive, to keep this investigation going. To try to convince people that he didn’t do this to himself,” Jerry Smith said.

Ross County Sheriff George Lavender said that as with any suspicious death, the case was investigated as a homicide from the start.

Schmidt said the suggestion that the investigators were sidetracked by the notion of suicide was “a bunch of bull”.

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