Children playing on a rainy day in July of 1989 found a shoe near Flat Rock Run Creek. Upon further investigation, Marion County Sheriff’s deputies discovered the body of the victim entangled in brush near the creek bank, located behind a home on Harding Highway East (near Highway 309) east of Caledonia, OH.
Forensic analysis indicated the victim was a Caucasian male, between 22 and 35 years old, approximately 5’9” to 5’10” who weighed around 140 pounds with black or dark brown hair and a slight beard. The unidentified man wore several layers of clothes, including a flannel shirt, a red and black striped short-sleeved shirt, a multicolored knitted sweater, Dakota brand blue jeans, boxers, red socks, and size 9.5 black adidas brand sneakers.
Investigators determined the manner of death for the man they dubbed “Luther” was a homicide.
NamUs ID: UP4771
Date Body Found: July 19, 1989
Estimated Age: 22-40
Estimated PMI: 3 weeks
Location: Marion County, OH
Agency of Jurisdiction
Marion County Sherriff’s Office
Christy Utley, Major
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Status: Research in Progress
Ohio Criminal Intelligence Unit
Last Updated: September 22, 2020