BY JANE PRENDERGAST
The Cincinnati Enquirer
COVINGTON - Police officers, trying to cope Tuesday with having their missing colleague declared legally dead, must now investigate attempts to profit from his death.
Police warned the public Tuesday that any telephone calls from people who claim to be collecting money for Officer Mike Partin's family are fakes.
Assistant Chief Bill Dorsey, department spokesman, promised that the callers, if found, would be aggressively prosecuted. ''These people are felons, and they are frauds.''
He got reports of two solicitation calls Monday from Cincinnati residents. It was the same day he had to stand in a Kenton Circuit courtroom and lay out the reasons the police department wanted Judge Steven Jaeger to declare the 25-year-old dead. He had been with the department for 15 months.
Judge Jaeger granted the request. That freed Lt. Col. Dorsey to take the declaration Tuesday to Frankfort, Ky., to obtain a death certificate.
That is required for Officer Partin's wife of eight months, Lisa, to access benefits, from workers' compensation and insurance to funds designed for officers who die in the line of duty.
Meanwhile, organizers are gearing up to again search for Officer Partin's body when the river recedes. The swift current and rising water made it too dangerous the past couple of days.
Donations should be sent to the Covington Police Department, 1929 Madison Road, 41014, or any Star Bank branch.
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