Thursday, September 18, 2003

Man found dead in SUV in pond

By Jennifer Edwards
The Cincinnati Enquirer

[IMAGE] Divers place markers near possible evidence at the wreckage of a Chevy Blazer that crashed in a West Chester pond.
(Michael Snyder photo)
| ZOOM |
WEST CHESTER TWP. - Police were trying to figure out Wednesday what caused a Mason man to drive an SUV off Tylers Place Boulevard and into a retention pond at a gated condominium complex next to Interstate 75.

The man, identified Wednesday evening as Marion Jackie Roe, 48, was found dead in his Chevy Blazer, which sank into the pond. While foul play was not suspected, it was not ruled out, West Chester police said.

Roe was headed north on Tylers Place Boulevard about 11 p.m. Tuesday when he drove off the road, hit two trees and careened down a hill before flipping over into the pond at The Fairways at Wetherington, police said.

A passerby noticed a portion of the vehicle and two of its tires poking out of the water about 8 a.m. Wednesday and alerted a friend, who contacted police.

West Chester detectives and divers from the Butler County Sheriff's Office spent much of Wednesday morning gathering evidence and searching the pond to be sure more bodies weren't submerged.

It was not known if alcohol or drugs were involved. But when the vehicle was towed from the water about 11:15 a.m., prescription bottles belonging to Roe were found inside, Police Chief John Bruce said. The names of the drugs were not released.

Roe was found in the back seat of the vehicle and was not wearing a seat belt, he said.

Neighbors in Fairways, a condo complex next to the Wetherington golf course, were shocked.

Two women said they heard a "terrible noise" about 11 p.m. Tuesday but assumed it came from I-75. A third woman passed by on her way home at 1 a.m. and said she didn't notice it.

"From now on I'll be more careful and look," said Pat Erving, 50.


Fifth accused priest identified
Forged money traced to MU
St. X scores with 28 merit semifinalists
Man found dead in SUV in pond

Police find pot stash after watching sales on street
Candidate forum focuses on safety, neighborhoods
His task: Help city develop
Ethics training part of new plan
Calling all teachers
I-75 talk all about high cost
Ohio's Innocence Project takes first cases
Open season in Delhi Township trustee race
Teen's conviction in death reversed
Regional Report

Pulfer: Top ratings for a different kind of radio program
Howard: Good Things Happening

Miami U. students start taxi service
Kids rise early to pray
W. Nile sickens local woman
Jury trial will delay custody decision
Lebanon levy renewal for buildings
Family Violence Unit formed

Music legend 'Dumpy' Rice, 64
Kentucky obituaries

Potential nerve-gas handler pays EPA fine
Deal near on Ohio drug discount plan
Ohio Moments

Florence step closer to its own ballpark
Kenton County to roll out hot line
Politicians woo seniors at annual picnic
Rural counties tout growth
2 mothers fined for truancy
Kentucky News Briefs