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Excerpt: Keeping secrets in Limberios death probe

Matt Westerhold • Apr 24, 2015 at 6:51 AM

Someone knows exactly how Jacob Limberios died.

There were at least three other people in the York Township home March 12 when Jake was shot in the head. They gave witness statements to Sandusky County sheriff Kyle Overmyer and his deputies, to Overmyer's brother-in-law and employee sheriff's Capt. Mike Meggitt, and later again to William Kaiser, an investigator for county prosecutor Thomas Stierwalt.

Two of the witnesses also underwent polygraph examinations after talking with Kaiser. The validity of the results have been thrown into doubt by credible experts, however, another troubling development that calls into question just how easily truth can be manipulated.

But the missteps by county officials started from the very beginning, the very night Jacob Limberios, 19, died.

County coroner John Wukie within hours declared Jake's death an accidental suicide, an incompetent and irresponsible ruling he's never corrected despite the obvious mistake it represents and despite mounting evidence that strongly suggests Limberios was not holding the gun that fired the fatal bullet.

Wukie refused to order an autopsy, and instead chose to bury any evidence from the body — which might have helped explain how Jake died — rather than secure that evidence by way of an autopsy.

A sheriff's investigator at the scene also allegedly threw away blood-spattered clothing that one witness was wearing when Jake was killed, trashing that evidence away and burying it, too.

The sheriff's investigators also failed to retrieve the fatal bullet from the ceiling of the home, or review any trajectory information that would explain why the bullet ended up in the ceiling or how the blood spattered on the witness' clothing.


Click here to read the latest update on the investigation of the Limberios death investigation.


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