The preliminary autopsy report of Bryon Macron is completed, but will not be released until toxicology results are completed in two to three weeks, according to Dr. Lisa Deranek, the Medina County coroner.
The Medina County Sheriff's Office held a news conference on Thursday to discuss the ongoing investigation of the death of Bryon Macron, the Lafayette Township trustee who went missing in December, but reporters were left with the same unanswered questions regarding the mysterious death.
The major question that lingers: How did the 45-year-old married, father of three die?
Medina County Prosecutor S. Forrest Thompson said blood found in Macron's township office and in his SUV came from "a single source", but Thompson refused to say if it was Macron's blood. He also declined to say whether wounds were present on the trustee's body.
When asked if injuries to a body would typically be noted during a preliminary autopsy, Thompson responded, "Absolutely, but it's not going to be discussed at this time."
The toxicology report of Bryon Macron will take 2-3 weeks to come back according to Dr. Lisa Deranek, Medina County Coronor.
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"Because of the temperature of the water, it was very difficult to determine how long his body was in the water."-Lisa Deranek.
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Investigators reported that Macron's office appeared to be ransacked, and blood along with his phone, were found inside the building last December. His vehicle was found abandoned three miles away near Chippewa Lake
During the new conference, Thompson was pressed on whether there could be a killer on the loose. He said there wasn't evidence to support the need to look for suspects.
"Common sense tells us that we have to explore all options, including the option of foul play," he said. "What I'm 'attempting to communicate to the media on behalf of the county is that there is insufficient evidence in our hands at this time that we're willing to divulge because of its ongoing nature that leads us in one direction or another."
One day after officials positively identified Macron's body, his fellow trustees released a statement.
"Our hearts are broken as we mourn the loss of our friend and colleague, Lafayette Trustee, Bryon Macron," the statement read, in part. "We extend our deepest sympathies to his family, beloved wife Victoria and beautiful
daughters Alex, Madeline & Mia."
Macron was last seen in December at a social function with co-workers. Investigators described his disappearance as "suspicious."
In the statement, the trustees said: "We continue to be assured by law enforcement that there is no evidence to suggest this situation should be cause for fear in the community."
Read the full statement below:
Our hearts are broken as we mourn the loss of our friend and colleague, Lafayette Trustee, Bryon
Macron. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family, beloved wife Victoria and beautiful
daughters Alex, Madeline & Mia.
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”.
We extend a heartfelt thankyou to the members of Lafayette Township Fire and Rescue. With
their expert training and professional demeanor, they cared for Bryon one last time in the
recovery of his body. Please hold these amazing men and women in your hearts as you do
Bryon’s family and the Lafayette Township community.
We continue to be assured by law enforcement that there is no evidence to suggest this situation
should be cause for fear in the community. Numerous law enforcement agencies are working
hard to get the answers Bryon’s family and our community deserve.
The events of yesterday result in a requirement to appoint a third member to the trustee board by
March 24, 2017. Letters of interest with a resume should be delivered to the town hall by March
We are so very grateful for the overwhelming support from our community. For those who want
to help Bryon’s family, contributions can be made to the Bryon Macron Benevolent fund at any
Lynda Bowers and Michael Costello
Lafayette Township Trustees
BCI and FBI agents are also assisting with the investigation.