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Bucyrus stunned by 4 deaths

Bucyrus stunned by 4 deaths

/BCI Crime Scene Investigators gather evidence at Bucyrus murder scene Tuesday afternoon. Photo: Crawford County Now/Krystal Smalley

BUCYRUS, Ohio – Authorities in this northern Ohio town are asking for the public’s help in solving the slayings of four men whose bodies were found in separate homes this week.

The four men, all between the ages of 50 and 70, were found beaten to death Monday. They probably knew one another, and the fatal beatings are related, Police Chief Dave Koepke said.

Two bodies were found Monday, and the other two were discovered Tuesday morning.

The website CrawfordCountyNow.com reports that, following the discovery of two of the victims in their homes on Monday, a person of interest came to the Bucyrus Police Department on Tuesday and after talking with him discovered two more victims – one on W. Mansfield Street and another at Bucyrus Manor apartments where the first victim was discovered a day earlier.

The man who led deputies to the last two bodies is in custody, but hasn’t been charged. Prosecutor Matthew Crall told reporters Tuesday night that “charges will be filed as soon as possible.” The victims’ names haven’t been released.

“We cannot rush to judgment and have to examine all evidence for the sake of the victims. A suspect is in custody but the investigation is ongoing and will not soon be complete,” Koepke wrote in a statement on the police department Facebook page.

Police have not released the names of the victims or the suspect.

Some of the residents of the town of 12,000 about 65 miles north of Columbus say they are now worried about their safety in a place unaccustomed to a lot of violent crime.

The website reported that family members confirmed that one of the victims is Billy Jack Chatman, 55.

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