Body found in Paulding Co. cemetery identified, no decision on cause of death


PAULDING CO., Ohio (WTVG) – The Paulding Co. Sheriff’s Office has opened an investigation into the death after a body was discovered Tuesday at a cemetery in Brown Township.

Deputies were dispatched to Sherman Cemetery at the intersection of Routes 179 and 140 that afternoon, where they discovered the body of a deceased man in the western section of the cemetery.

On Wednesday, the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office said the man’s body was identified as Jared J. Hernandez, 29, of Defiance. Law enforcement is investigating the case as a suspicious death.

Sheriff Landers said authorities had performed an autopsy but were awaiting toxicology results before ruling on a cause of death. He said Hernandez did not die at the scene.

“We need answers as to where and why he died and who put them there,” Sheriff Jason K. Landers said in a statement Wednesday.

Law enforcement asks for advice to help solve the case. Those with information are asked to contact the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office at 419-399-3791, post on the office’s Facebook page or email the sheriff at www.pauldingohsheriff. com

A press release will be sent when the positive identification is made, as well as a notification to next of kin.

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