LIVE: Limberios exhumation protesters march to cemetery

About 50 people are now at cemetery.
May 1, 2013


Mike and Shannon Limberios and their son Michael Limberios marched with about 40 supporters to the Castalia Cemetery moments ago and plan to enter the cemetery to keep vigil at their son's grave. 

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Erie County sheriff's deputies and the Castalia Police Department assisted with traffic during the march. 

Castalia police Sgt. Michael Barefoot said Mike and Shannon Limberios visited their son's gravesite before dawn. The family gathered with supporters in the parking lot of Lions Park in Castalia, across from the cemetery, before the march. 

The family and supporters have called for a peaceful protest. 

Sandusky County officials were scheduled to arrive at about 7 a.m. to exhume Jacob Limberios' body, 14 months after he was killed. The exhumation is expected to begin at 7:30 a.m.



Is there going to be a LIVE news feed? Or just pics?

Matt Westerhold

The feed has not connected. Video of the protest and exhumation should be available later this morning. The Register is opting to stay at the scene despite concerns due to the serious nature of the decisions and actions that are occurring. 

The SR will provide live updates from the cemetery this morning under this feed. 

Matt Easterhold

Second rate attention seeking hacks here at the SR, stick to what your good at....printing police logs

My thoughts

I haven't been following this story so I may be way off but I'll state what I think has happened. This young man was killed by a gunshot to the head, the coroner ruled it a suicide. The family didn't believe the finding and had his body exhumed and hired a pathologist to do an autopsy. That pathologist determined it couldn't be suicide. The family then accused the original coroner and prosecutor with misconduct based on the second autopsy. The county then decided to take a second look and had his body exhumed today for another look. If I have my facts straight, what did the family expect? Again, I haven't been following this so I could be missing some key facts or events. Please feel free to add them or correct me (not that I need to ask the posters on this website to correct someone when they are wrong or misinformed).


The coroner who ruled it suicide never looked at the body and the police never did an investigation initially. The family asked police for both and were told the case was closed and Jake was buried. The family then paid to have Jake exhumed and had an autopsy done. Henry then alleged that the family "paid" for the autopsy results even though he was sent a tissue sample that he was encouraged by the pathologist to have tested by his own expert. Henry has not had that tissue sample examined and since the wound and the surrounding tissues have been cut from the body there is nothing of evidentiary value to be gained from exhuming the body yet again. The family wanted Henry to have the tissue sample examined BEFORE digging Jake back up. That's why they are protesting.

My thoughts

Thanks. I figured I was missing some key information.

Kottage Kat

read the articles, links provided then comment
You need to have ALL the facts
Thank you


I thought the family wanted him dug up?? I don't follow this thing close but when did they decide not to redo the whole investigation.


After no initial investigation was done by Sandusky County officials, despite the family's pleas, they called OSU and were directed toward Dr Wecht. The family then funded the one and only autopsy that has been done. Sandusky County was given the same samples Dr Wecht examined but they refused to look at said samples. Instead, ALL OF A SUDDEN, Sandusky County decided they needed an autopsy of their own. They refused to look at the tissue samples taken from Jacob, choosing instead to traumatize the family, yet again, by disinterring him for a second time.


I am completely with the family in this, the "powers that be" messed up and they need to just admit it and let this poor child rest in peace


“You may be 38 years old, as I happen to be. And one day, some great opportunity stands before you and calls you to stand up for some great principle, some great issue, some great cause. And you refuse to do it because you are afraid…. You refuse to do it because you want to live longer…. You’re afraid that you will lose your job, or you are afraid that you will be criticized or that you will lose your popularity, or you’re afraid that somebody will stab you, or shoot at you or bomb your house; so you refuse to take the stand.

Well, you may go on and live until you are 90, but you’re just as dead at 38 as you would be at 90. And the cessation of breathing in your life is but the belated announcement of an earlier death of the spirit.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

Joe Schmoe

Mike, Shannon, Michael, Brady, Dan McGookey and fellow friends and family. PLEASE DON'T LET UP ON THE FIGHT !!!!! Sandusky County officials need to be held accountable for their actions. We CANNOT stop until justice has been served.

Matt, Thanks for your continued support and coverage of this saga at the Sandusky Register. Public officials MUST be held accountable for what they have (have not) done, and the way they have conducted this case. YOU (Sandusky Register) have played a very critical role in helping this family seek the truth and justice they so much deserve.


Well, at one time we lived and worked in the area and have since moved south but we still read our "home town" paper. More over then not, we really did not hold the Register or Mr. Westerhold in high reguard because of some of the articals they published but after seeing the passion and quest for the truth for Jake and his family, I have done a complete turn around on my thoughts. My prayers are with Jake and his family -- stay strong -- we are all behind you -- Mr. Westerhold and the Register -- I applaud you and hold you now in very high reguard -- all I can say is thank you it is refreshing to see people take the bull by the horns!