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Don't dig, step aside

Register • Apr 25, 2013 at 5:30 AM

Sandusky County special prosecutor Dean Henry plans to have Jacob Limberios' body exhumed next week so the county can conduct an autopsy despite objections from the Limberios family.

But the time for the county to have ordered an autopsy was March 2, 2012, or even later, in the weeks and months that followed during which his parents, Mike and Shannon Limberios begged Sandusky County coroner John Wukie, and other officials, to order an autopsy. 

Jacob's family and friends don't trust Sandusky County officials. They don't trust the current "investigation." They question whether it is a search for truth and fear it is might be a quest for a version of facts — plausible at least, perhaps, even if not remotely feasible — that county officials hope will allow them to walk away from their responsibility, run from accountability, and declare victory. 

We find it difficult to disagree with that mistrust. 

In 14 months, Wukie has not spoken a public word or provided any explanation for his decisions. He never examined Jacob's body or visited the home where he was killed. Wukie ruled Jacob Limberios' death a suicide that might have been accidental after talking to deputies in a phone call just hours after he was killed. The incompetence of that ruling is a reflection on the entire law enforcement community, especially, but not limited to, Sandusky County law enforcement. 

Sandusky County officials should step aside and allow a competent agency to take over and conclude this investigation. Local officials should do that before a particle of dirt at Jacob's grave is disturbed again as a result of their incompetence. 

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