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Authorities still trying to identify suspects in death

NEW CUMBERLAND — Investigators are making progress into identifying the suspects behind a body discovered last month along Racetrack Road, according to officials with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department.

It has been three weeks since deputies were dispatched to Racetrack Road off Route 208 around 4:30 p.m. to investigate the discovery of the body. It was found about 70 yards off the roadway in an area frequented by ATV riders.

Not many details of the investigation can be released at this time, but progress continues to be made in the case, explained Chief Deputy Art Watson.

“The investigation is continuing and they are working hard, but we have no prime suspect yet,” he added.

Watson said the victim, who was the driver of a 2020 Range Rover rental with New York license plates found one fire in Madison Township, Ohio, has been identified by authorities.

However, Watson declined to share that information publicly out of concern for the victim’s family members.

Although the autopsy done weeks ago did confirm that the victim had suffered a gunshot wound to the head, nothing else has come back yet.

Anyone with information is asked to call (304) 564-4100 and speak with detectives Chris Waide or Doug Wade.

(Ujhelyi can be contacted at sujhelyi@reviewonline.com)

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