Thursday, August 24, 2000

2 dead in 2 days in Goshen


One a homicide, one a suicide, and the police chief isn't talking

By Kristina Goetz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        GOSHEN TOWNSHIP — Two bodies in two days at the same address add up to a mystery in this Clermont County township.

        Police are investigating a possible connection between a suicide Monday and a homicide Tuesday.

        Neighbors say both men were carpenters who worked at Bob Lynch & Son's Roofing and Remodeling Co. in the 6400 block of Snider Road.

        After receiving a 911 call Tuesday, police arrived at a little after 11 p.m. to find Kelly J. Richmond, 28, of the 6600 block of Manila Road dead in a garage at the Snider Road address.

        Officials are considering the death a homicide.

        The 911 tape of the Tuesday call revealed that Bob Lynch, owner of the business, called police after he and Mr. Richmond's brother found Kelly Richmond in the garage.

        “We walked back there and we seen a big puddle of blood, and then there's Kelly underneath a carpet or dropcloth,” Mr. Lynch told the 911 operator.

        Mr. Lynch explained that Kelly Richmond, his best friend, had been missing. Mr. Lynch told the 911 operator that a day or so before, he had found another man — identified only as Frank on the tape — dead in the upstairs of his home, which is on the same property as the business. In the 911 call, Mr. Lynch mentions a suicide note in that death.

        “My girlfriend says, "Something don't seem right, Bob,'” Mr. Lynch said. “"Let's go over and look in the field.' She said, "Have you looked anywhere?' And I said, "No, why would I look anywhere?

        “I didn't think nothin' would be wrong.”

        Goshen Police Chief Ray Snyder would not release any details about Mr. Richmond's death. He later would not return calls to answer questions about the other man identified only as Frank.

        “That's all I can say,” the chief said. “I may be able to let some thing more out in a couple of days.”

        Clermont County Coroner Dr. Nick Capurro said he ruled Mr. Richmond's death a homicide. The man had multiple head injuries but was not shot. He also confirmed the death of the second man, which he ruled a suicide. That man had a gunshot wound to the head.

        “It's all a guess and a mystery to me,” Mr. Lynch said on the 911 tape. “There's a hammer here. The hammer's been here all week and I didn't think nothing of it.

        “We're all carpenters. We're all workers.”

       Walt Schaefer contributed to this story.
       

       



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