Body Found in Ravine in Lawrence County, OH

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LAWRENCE COUNTY, OH (WOWK) – The body of an Ohio man was found on his back in the bottom of a ravine in Lawrence County.

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office responded to a possible dead body call near the Blackfork area in Washington Township on Friday, September 21st, 2018, at around 9 AM.

Upon arrival, deputies discovered the body of Jason Caldwell, 39, of South Webster, OH laying on his back at the bottom of a ravine.

Deputies say it appears that Caldwell fell down the embankment from the top of the ravine.

Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless and his detectives interviewed witnesses and friends of Caldwell and were told that he, a woman and another man went fishing on the evening of Thursday, September 20th, 2018 at a pond near where he was found.

Deputies were told that around 6 PM Caldwell decided to wander into the woods and look for old bottles, a hobby of his. When they started into the wooded area the group encountered several poisonous snakes and Caldwell was the only one who continued into the woods.

When Caldwell did not return, the people who were with him began to look for him and could not find him. They say they yelled and honked car horns but could get no response so they went and got flashlights and searched for him till after midnight.

Caldwell’s companions say they returned early Friday morning, found him, and notified the Sheriff’s Office.

Caldwell was found about 150 yards from CR 33 in a very dense wooded forest area. Deputies say this is an old strip mine area that has had illegal dumping over many years. A bucket belonging to Caldwell that contained some old bottles was found near him.

Detectives investigated the area around Caldwell’s body, the path, and the fishing area near the pond and found no signs of foul play. Detectives investigated the ravine top to bottom and could find no signs that any other person had been with him in that area, as there were no foot prints in the mud anywhere near this ravine.

Lawrence County Coroner Dr. Ben Mack arrived on the scene and examined the body and found no signs of foul play.

Phillips Funeral Home took possession of Mr. Caldwell’s body and at the orders of Coroner Dr. Mack will transport the body to Montgomery County for an autopsy. 

“The cause of death could not be determined at this time” States Sheriff Jeff Lawless, “But we have no reason at this time to suspect foul play.”

Lawrence County Coroner Dr. Mack and Detectives will wait for the autopsy report while this investigation remains open.

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