Sunday, February 18, 2001

Man's body found in cornfield

Half-mile from overturned car

By Patrick Stack
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        More than 16 hours after his car was found flipped over in a cornfield, a South Charleston man's body was found a half-mile away after infrared- and dog-assisted search efforts.

        Danny Miller, 43, of the 5700 block of Old U.S. Route 42 in South Charleston, was found dead Saturday afternoon in a cornfield on Selma Road near South River Road, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

        About 7:30 p.m Friday, the state highway patrol received a call from the Clark County Sheriff's Office about a one-vehicle, no-injury crash, Lt. Chip Moser said. About 7:50 p.m., a state trooper arrived on the scene and found a 1990 Chevrolet Beretta flipped on its top in a cornfield off the roadway.

        The vehicle's apparent driver, Mr. Miller, had left the scene prior to the arrival of rescue workers and could not be located by the trooper, police said.

        Around 11 p.m., Lt. Moser said, Mr. Miller's wife told police he had not come home and that she had received a phone call from him about 8:30 p.m. During the phone call, Mr. Miller told his wife he was lost in a field and was having trouble breathing, according to Lt. Moser.

        State police searched the field Friday night, aided by the Clark County Sheriff's Office, a canine officer from the Greene County Sheriff's Office and an infrared-equipped helicopter from the Columbus Police Department. Police suspended the search at 2:30 a.m. after the helicopter had to return to base and Mr. Miller had not been found.

        At 7 a.m. Saturday, the search resumed. At 12:14 p.m., police sighted Mr. Miller's body, located in the cornfield about a half-mile from the car, from an airplane.

        An investigation is under way by the Clark County coroner and the state highway patrol, Lt. Moser said.


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