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home : local news : local news August 17, 2017

6/13/2017 1:00:00 AM
Jackson Police identify body of dead man found at Hammertown Lake Monday evening
The Jackson Police Department is investigating the cause of death of a young Jackson County man who was found dead Monday evening, June 12, alongside the city of Jackson's Hammertown Lake.

Police have identified the dead man as Paul Cales, 28, of 1689 Limerick Road, Jackson. Police and other investigators found no visual evidence on the body or at the scene which would suggest foul play, but nothing is being ruled out, pending the conducting of an autopsy.

Police were notified at 9:15 p.m. that Cales' body had been discovered by Jackson County's state wildlife officer on the Beaver Pike side of Hammertown Lake. The wildlife officer walked down to the lake after seeing Cales' vehicle parked on a path leading to the lake which is prohibited to vehicles.

Cales was found slumped in a chair by the lake and was already dead. There were some containers of bait alongside him, but the trunk of his vehicle was open and his fishing poles were still in it. No one else was at the scene when the body was found, but there were pop cans and fresh footprints at the scene.

Investigators were able to tentatively identify Cales from the license plate on his vehicle and family members were able to make a positive identification. Family members told police they last saw Cales at 8:35 a.m. Monday when he reportedly asked for money so he could go to the doctor.

Because of the unknown cause and manner of Cales' death, Jackson County Coroner Dr. Alice Frazier and representatives of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification were called to the scene. The body was taken by the Lewis and Gillum Funeral Home of Jackson and an autopsy was to have been conducted by the Franklin County Coroner's Office.

Holzer Medical Center

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Article comment by: Marlene Waechter

Pretty sad when you die because you didn't have enough money to see a doctor!

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