Sandusky County deputy knows who killed Jacob Limberios

Lead detective says investigation of March 2012 death is finished and "we do know what happened for sure."
Mar 24, 2013


That's what Sandusky County sheriff's detective Sean O'Connell told Limberios' father Feb. 25. 

Mike Limberios said O'Connell also told him there was "nothing left for (investigators) to do" in the investigation. 

But a month later, the Limberios family still has no answers.

Special Prosecutor Dean Henry insists the probe is ongoing, and he refuses to disclose why O'Connell's findings are being withheld from the Limberios family or say when any extraneous details might be wrapped up.

"If I haven’t been clear before, please let me be clear now. No one from Sandusky County law enforcement, Dr. Wukie’s office or my office is going to comment to the Sandusky Register regarding the Limberios investigation," Henry replied Saturday to inquiries about the nearly 13-month probe. "When the investigation is complete, a report will issue."

It's not the first time Dean and his lead investigator have disagreed.

O'Connell, one of four or five Sandusky County investigators who reviewed evidence in the gunshot death, stated in a Nov. 8 email that the eyewitness accounts in statements gathered by deputies immediately after the death were "inconsistent."

But Henry told a Cleveland news reporter the three witnesses had been "absolutely consistent in their material statements."

Click here to read past stories about the killing of Jacob Limberios.

When asked Saturday, Henry declined to address or attempt to reconcile the countering statements from county officials. O'Connell did not respond to an inquiry.

Henry is a private attorney appointed by Sandusky County prosecutor Thomas Stierwalt to defend the county in a lawsuit filed by the Limberios family seeking a competent cause of death ruling in their son's death. Henry also has been heading up the latest criminal investigation of the death, which initially and continues to involve sheriff Kyle Overmyer and deputies, coroner John Wukie and others, many of who are named in the lawsuit as defendants.

Wukie has never been to the house where Jake Limberios was killed. He declared the death a suicide that might have been accidental after talking to Overmyer and deputies by phone immediately after Jake was killed. The initial investigation by Overmyer was finished within hours, and Wukie did not order an autopsy.

Deputies and witnesses also discarded blood-spattered evidence, did not recover the bullet from the home and compromised evidence in other ways in the hours immediately after the 19-year-old father of one was killed.

Tissue samples from an autopsy conducted months after county officials continued to refuse to order one showed Limberios could not have been holding the gun that killed him, according to Dr. Cyril Wecht, the private forensic pathologist who performed the autopsy. Wecht stated the cause of death as homicide. 

The autopsy samples were provided to county officials weeks ago, but Henry has refused to say what the county did with that evidence. 

Henry has accused both the Register and Limberios family attorney Dan McGookey of "unprofessionalism" and also suggested Wecht provided pre-determined conclusions in his report on the autopsy.

Wecht countered by describing Henry's remarks as "scurrilous' and calling Henry a "scoundrel" in a March 4 letter to Henry.

Family members and friends have started a Justice for Jake Facebook page hoping to garner community support to pressure Henry to take action. 

"There will be a petition available starting today that will call for Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine to step in and take authority over Jacob's investigation," a post left today at the page states. "Please check back, stay informed, and invite your friends."

The Register has requested copies of invoices from Henry for his services to the county. 

The Register will post the report of the criminal investigation here at should a report be released by Henry.


Tsu Dho Nimh

Hopefully the family will learn the truth, soon.


Thank you for all your hard work in regards to this case, Matt!!
Every report is helping gain more and more public attention to this travesty.
Thanks again, Kayleigh!


"Special Prosecutor Dean Henry insists the probe is ongoing, and he refuses to disclose why O'Connell's findings are being withheld from the Limberios family or say when any extraneous details might be wrapped up."

"Henry is a private attorney appointed by Sandusky County prosecutor Thomas Stierwalt to defend the county in a lawsuit filed by the Limberios family seeking a competent cause of death ruling in their son's death. Henry also has been heading up the latest criminal investigation of the death, which initially and continues to involve sheriff Kyle Overmyer and deputies, coroner John Wukie and others, many of who are named in the lawsuit as defendants."

This should be getting good. A private attorney serving as a special prosecutor, investigator and also as the defense attorney. Will the defense attorney Henry get to question the prosecutor Henry and the investigator Henry? Will the prosecutor Henry get to cross examine the defense attorney Henry?

How did special prosecutor Henry's investigation of the powers that be in Ottawa County, Ohio go? What were the findings. Still working on it?
"On December 6, 2000, Ottawa County Prosecutor Mark Mulligan filed a motion in the trial court asking for the appointment of a special prosecutor to look into allegations of criminal activity on the part of various state and local public officials which were set forth in a complaint filed in the Ottawa County Municipal Court by appellant Baumgartner. On that same day, Jeffrey Strausbaugh was appointed special prosecutor. The matter subsequently was transferred to the Ottawa County Court of Common Pleas. Baumgartner objected to Strausbaugh's appointment and on December 20, 2000, Strausbaugh was granted leave to withdraw as special prosecutor. On December 22, 2000, attorney Dean Henry was appointed as the new special prosecutor and continues to hold that appointment. On April 2, 2001, Baumgartner filed a motion to remove the special prosecutor and on June 13, 2001, the trial court dismissed the motion."



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Since when is a family not told of the results of an investigation simply because of a lawsuit? Is it because they won't like the findings? Or is it because it is going to be more of the same?

Just my opinion but I don't think anything different is going to be heard from this until a completely unbiased investigation is conducted by people who are not involved in any manner with anyone involved in this. THEN if they come up with the same conclusion, the family will have to accept it. If not, others will have some explaining to do. As it stands right now, the only people who seem to be getting anywhere is no one.

Perhaps the right person to take over IS the Attorney General and his staff. It sure seems at this point, his staff may be the only unbiased people qualified to make the proper decisions and investigation to bring this to a conclusion without the emotional ties that this case has with it. For the sake of Jake's child, that is what is needed, not so much for the adults, but for the child later on. Sorry to sound callous about it, but seriously, that is what is needed at this point.


Special Prosecutor Dean Henry is also the defense attorney for Sandusky County, Ohio and also is heading up the latest criminal investigation. How will this dog and pony show play out in court?
Like this scene by Woody Allen in the Bananas movie from 1971?

Julie R.

How was Dean Henry brought in as a "special prosecutor" when he doesn't even hold the title of prosecutor anymore --- he's nothing more than an attorney.


Please visit the Justice for JAKE Facebook page. "Like" the page if you support the family. Comment "yes" on the designated status if you feel the AG needs to step in and take over the case. Review ALL of the evidence (including audio, text, and video) that we are gradually providing and feel free to share your thoughts and opinions.


I see Dean Henry as nothing more than a professional "hitman" for stall tactics. There is no time limit to try a murder case, though. If he keeps it up, he will be part of it, in my opinion.

Hoss McGee

After listening to the audio on Justice for Jake on facebook I believe Brittany knows who shot Jake also! My own opinion


I think anyone who has seen the Justice for Jake page knows who shot Jake. Dean Henry is just what Wecht said, a scoundrel!


Cruel is one word that comes to my mind.. Cruel that this family has to go through this at all..cruel that Dean get all this "power" and his ego gets in the way! Cruel that Sandusky County "officials" couldn't even of done a proper investigation in the first place! How does a court not find there is a conflict of interest in regards to Dean playing all these roles? This entire case should be removed from Sandusky County since they failed to do their jobs the first time! It is not like the Limberios' will ever get a fair investigation now since sandusky county is trying to cover up their failed investigation..

Julie R.

I don't think this is a cover-up for murder on the Sandusky County public officials part .... I think it's a cover-up for sheer negligence instead.

Remember that case in Coronado, California where there were two strange deaths in the mansion of a billionaire? First, the billionaire's six-year old son fell over the railing on the 2nd floor but there were no witnesses to the accident and then a few days later the billionaire's girlfriend was found hanging with a rope around her neck from a 2nd floor bedroom balcony. The investigators ruled the girlfriend's death as a suicide and the case was closed. Their explanation as to why her feet and hands were tied up --- they said she tied herself up before she jumped so she wouldn't chicken out.

Dr. Cyril Wecht was involved in that case, too, when the woman's family couldn't get any answers. In fact, when the family had her body exhumed four months later and couldn't pay for the 2nd autopsy, Dr. Wecht did it free of charge. His conclusion was --- the woman was strangled first and then somebody staged it to make it look like suicide.

He also criticized the investigators saying he has seen it before --- investigators draw their original conclusions and then look for clues and evidence to support them. He said when they do that, they miss details that might point in an entirely different direction. My opinion, that's exactly what happened in Jacob's case.

he said she said

Bring in someone with a fresh eye. Bring someone in from outerspace if need be! This family has suffered way too much trying to find out the truth about their son!

Obviously, the way the investigation was handled was a clusterf#%*. so bring a new team in and start the investigation over from point 1 to point 1 trillion if need be.

Get this done and let this child rest in peace already!!

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Professor Playdoh

Wasn't the story Title "Sandusky County deputy knows who killed Jacob Limberios".

Well? whats the story???

nothing new

If I'm not mistaken...a gag order was recently put in there wouldnt be anyone talking right now..nor should be. We don't need anything else to become "comprimised"


The depositions are the only records that are under seal.

nothing new

I thought when a gag order was issued no one involved was allowed to speak about any thing involving the case?


The powers that be ignore gag orders all of the time. Sometimes the powers that be are in conference with the judges behind closed doors. The outcome of court cases are often decided weeks and months before a formal court hearing.


If they know who did it why is this person walking around free?


Sadly to say this, but I feel they will still say Jake did it himself. The sad part is if they determine that it was done by one of the other 3, which we all know this, it would make the department and all those involved look like a bunch of school kids doing their investigation. I still say if they arrested all 3 someone would squeal. Keep after them as I feel this runs a lot deeper than we are being told. Someone with very deep pockets are trying to protect someone. Hopefully in the end the truth will arise!!


If they make the decision that he did it, I believe the community will rally and things will get ugly!



Please feel welcome to voice your concerns on the Justice for JAKE Facebook page if you'd like. Matt has the link within the article.


The only news in this article is the first paragraph where the deceased man's father says the detective told him February 25 that they knew who did it. The rest is rehashed tabloid journalism containing more questions than facts. Perhaps this was news on February 26th or 27th but now it belongs on the editorial page, not in the news section.

It's a tragedy that the family doesn't have a definitive answer a year after the incident but the Register's coverage has been good old fashion muckraking at its finest, not professional journalism. Why don't you simply add a ticker to the top banner of the Sandusky Register saying: Day 368 of No Answers on Murder Case. Of course, that would be too unprofessional I guess but it wouldn't surprise me. Are we going to get a story on this case every Saturday and Sunday to boost Register sales? Sure seems like it. Give us the news when something has changed, otherwise, leave the tabloid journalism to the National Enquirer.

Matt Westerhold

Thanks for the comment Jas. A criminal investigation derailed in the first place continues to be unresolved and undisclosed a full month after it was completed is the news peg. 


Thanks Matt. I couldn't disagree more with Jas. Please continue to stay on top of this story and please continue to try and attain more information about this case from all avenues. The Limberios family deserves answers and your coverage of this story has certainly helped

Sitting In The ...

What a cluster%$#@, I would be asking questions to if the morons can't even agree on the status of the case. Seriously I would be relentless in getting someone at the state or even federal level to investigate this department. I have no doubts they are trying to cover up information.

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Professor Playdoh

I'll ask again Matt..
Wasn't the story Title "Sandusky County deputy knows who killed Jacob Limberios".

Well? whats the story??? Who's the Deputy that knows?

Matt Westerhold

The deputy and the detective are one in the same. O'Connell is a deputy and a detective. Sorry for the confusion. 

Simple Enough II

So what happens if the conclusion is the same as originaly founded, Jacob made a fatal error upon his part. Granted we can fault the investigation (none of us were there and it looks sloppy, but then again we weren't there, we haven't seen these types of scenes etc.)


Public outrage is what will happen if the conclusion is the same as originally founded. The thousand plus people who have seen the Justice for Jake page and all of the evidence know that Dean Henry is lying when he says that the witness statements are consistant because we have heard them for ourselves. Sure the story has changed since the first night, not because they don't remember, because they give MORE details in the later interviews and it is not just minor things that are different. At first they all said that he didn't know the gun was loaded... in the later interviews they specifically said that he said, "be careful that's loaded". They can't decide whether they were looking at him when he supposedly pulled the trigger or not either, sometimes they were, yet sometimes they just heard the gunshot. Will can't remember where he was sitting since it changes every interview, whether he went out to eat that night, how many drinks he had, or anything else, but he sure can go into detail about the kind of combos he had that night... Besides, no stippling, no lacerations at the entrance wound, no residue inside of the wound means it was not a contact or near contact wound, Dean Henry can say experts can say that means different things, but look at some autopsies from suicide by gunshot; they will mention these types of wounds. Additionally, most suicides have upward trajectories. This one had a slightly downward, most suicides are done with the dominant hand, this was done on the left side of a right handed person. Not to mention, the location of the entrance wound was listed as the posterior superior temporal region which is the far back upper part of the left side of the head (even the officer asks in one of the interviews how the shot was done "way back there"). You would have to pull your elbow pretty far back to shoot yourself at that angle, even if you tilted your head down and to the right. It would not be a very comfortable angle, especially with your non-dominant hand and it's not possible to do it from a distance of over 24 inches...

Really are you ...

Why weren't the kids present when Jacob was shot charged with a weapons charge when the accident happened? In the lastest article on the Refector, a man was just charged with use of a weapon while intoxicated. They all said that they were driking, acknowledging that some were under age, and also stated that they all had fired the pistol at a white bucket. That IMO stains alot of their credability.
Just saying. RIP JL.

Texx Reloader

It is truly sad what goes on over there in Sandusky County and the County Seat of Fremont. One can never be sure if it is intentional or just plain incompetence from apathy and ignorance. One can only hope that the "higher powers that be," will finally get enough of it all, and put and end to it. The State can take over the Schools, but what about Law Enforcement? Why not federal investigations into civil rights? I have heard rumors for years about this, but so far nothing of substance has come out of it. Now, with the budget cuts to state and federal investigators reducing their ranks, they are stretched thin in larger jurisdictions, and these "small fry," feel even more emboldened to do whatever they want. Most telling about that area is the total lack of any serious investigation by their "Newspaper." It is truly disgusting.