PREBLE COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – Preble County officials are investigating after a missing man’s body was found in a wooded area over the weekend.
Around 2:50 p.m. on March 23, the Preble County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a resident in the 2000 block of Somerville West Elkton Road in Somers Township. The caller told officials that he found what he believed to be a dead body in a wooded area near his home.
Deputies responded and confirmed the discovery of a male body, located roughly 50 yards north of the roadway in a tree line.
Initial investigation revealed that the body appeared to have been there for several weeks. Evidence of drug activity was also found near the body.
Detectives located an identification card on the body with a possible name. Further investigation determined the man was possibly a missing person from Connersville, Indiana.
The body was taken to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, where an autopsy was performed on Sunday, March 24.
Investigators met with detectives from the Connersville Police Department. After speaking with family of the missing man, and based on a distinct tattoo on the deceased, the Preble County Coroner’s Office identified the man as 40-year-old Charles H. Rayburn, of Connersville, Indiana.
Rayburn had been reported missing to Connersville PD on December 3, 2018.
The situation remains under investigation by the Preble County Sheriff’s Office and the Preble County Coroner’s Office.