Friday, August 25, 2000

Police seek links in two deaths

One homicide, one likely suicide found at same Goshen residence

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        GOSHEN TWP. — Authorities in this Clermont County township don't yet know whether two deaths at the same residence this week have any connection.

        Darrell Hawkins, the Clermont County coroner's investigator, said preliminary, time-of-death test results show that both Kelly J. Richmond, 28, and Frank Hertel, 49, both of Goshen Township, could have died at about the same time.

        “It is certainly within the time frame,” Mr. Hawkins said. “The first death (found by officials) certainly could have occurred after the homicide.”

        Both men were found dead at the residence at Bob Lynch & Sons Roofing and Remodeling Co., in the 6400 block of Snider Road.

        The owner of the business, Robert Lynch, called 911 when he found the bodies. On a 911 tape Mr. Lynch explained how he found Mr. Hertel's body in an upstairs room of the home on Snider Road along with a suicide note Monday.

        After that incident, Mr. Lynch said his friend, Kelly Richmond, was missing, so he and others started to look for him. Mr. Lynch and a friend found Mr. Richmond's body late Tuesday night wrapped in a tarp in the garage, about 25 yards from the home.

        All of the men worked as carpenters or roofers at the business and lived at the home on Snider Road.

        Officials say they have re covered the .22-caliber pistol that Mr. Hertel may have used to kill himself. Police have not said conclusively that his death was a suicide, although that is where the investigation is leading, Mr. Hawkins said.

        Other items also have been sent to the crime lab, but investigators would not give a detailed list. Mr. Hawkins said there was evidence that someone may have tried to clean up the garage.

        “There was standing water,” Mr. Hawkins said.

        There are no suspects in the case, officials said.


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