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Medina Co. prosecutor closes case of Bryon Macron's death but family says justice hasn't been served

Posted at 10:23 PM, Oct 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-22 23:50:05-04

MEDINA COUNTY, Ohio — In the eyes of investigators, the case of Bryon Macron is closed. But to his wife, Victoria Macron, justice still has not been served.

Victoria Macron and her three daughters have had to live without Bryon for four years.

“It’s terrible. It’s been so hard without him. They’ve matured in the last four years, more than they ever wanted to, but we continue to remain strong as a family,” she said.

Macron said Bryon loved his family and his community.

“He just wanted to do what was right and do what was good for the community and have a voice for the residents. He was a good guy,” said Macron.

That sentiment is why she doesn’t accept that he would ever up and leave.

“No, there’s no… there’s just so many inconsistencies,” she said.

In a press conference Thursday, Medina County Prosecutor Forrest Thompson revealed the finding’s of Ohio’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation two-year, independent investigation.

“There is no evidence to identify any other person to being involved in this matter. The likely conclusion would be that Mr. Macron did this,” said Thompson.

The 23-page report starts the day Macron went missing in December 2016. Police were called to Macron’s office at the Lafayette Township Administration Building, there, police found Macron’s blood and signs of a struggle.

But the report said the struggle was staged. Investigators cited the furniture was in disarray but not damaged, a water bottle was not knocked down, the paperwork was not displaced and that the blood was consistent with staging.

The report goes on to suggest that Macron drove himself to Chippewa Lake, where his body was found in Feb. 2017 in the water, it had cuts on it and he didn’t have water in his lungs.

The medical examiner ruled his death inconclusive.

When asked why he didn’t have any water in his lungs, Thompson theorized that Macron may have died from hypothermia and when the lake thawed, the water carried his body into the lake.

“Its quite common to have a flood plain there, to have excessive water and he could’ve easily washed into the lake from there,” he said.

Thompson said the findings show the cuts on his body were superficial and did not lead to his death.

But Victoria Macron said the investigation wasn’t thorough.

“From the very beginning they never even interviewed me. They never even found out who I am, who our family is, what a loving family,” she said.

She said, early on, she was told not to talk and get her voice out to the media. But said she is using that voice now to fight for Bryon.

“I do not agree with their findings. There were so many inconsistencies and unexplained actions by the sheriff’s department,” she said. “I am hopeful that many of those will come to light by the Invisible Ships podcast.”

The Invisible Ships podcast walks listeners through the days before and after Macron’s death using interviews from Victoria and the family’s private investigator.

“It’s raw, it’s my story, and that’s what I’ve wanted to say for many years,” she said.

You can listen to that podcast on Apple or Spotify.

Macron said despite investigators closing his case, she will continue to fight for justice for her husband.

“I’ll stand tall for you Bryon, justice for you, no matter what.”