As part of his Unsolved
Homicides Initiative, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is asking for
information regarding the shooting death of a Dayton man that happened in
southeast Ohio 22 years ago.
The body of Ronald Pohl, age 57, was
found by a search party in the woods near Price-Strong Road in Salem Township, Meigs County, on May 9, 1992. Pohl, an avid hunter, had
travelled from the Dayton area to hunt for turkey when he was killed.
The location is about halfway between Pomeroy and Jackson.
"My dad typically hunted in the
Dayton and Fairborn areas, but he made plans with my brother, Mike, to take
this trip to Meigs County," said Matthew Pohl. "They went into the
woods together that morning but separated to hunt, and that was the last time
my brother saw him."
According to investigators, Pohl's
son, who was hunting some distance away on the opposite side of the property,
heard a gunshot in the distance between 10:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., followed by
three to four more shots approximately fifteen minutes later. After Pohl
failed to leave the woods at noon as planned, his son called for help after
being unable to find him.
Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood was an Ohio Wildlife Officer at the time, and was part of the search party that
later located Pohl and discovered that he had been killed by with buckshot in
the back at close range.
"This is one of those cases
that has haunted me through the years, but I still have hope that we will find
out what happened. Mr. Pohl's family deserves answers," said Sheriff Wood.
"We hope that by shining the spotlight on the case once again that someone
will finally step forward and give us the information we need to put the final
pieces of this puzzle together."
"My dad has six grandchildren
and seven great-grandchildren who never had the opportunity to know him,"
said Matthew Pohl. "We just want to know what happened and why, and we are
grateful for any information that anyone can provide."
"It is never too late to tell
authorities what you know about any of the unsolved homicides listed in our
database," said Attorney General DeWine. "There are too many
families with unanswered questions who deserve to know what happened to their
Anyone with information on the death
of Ronald Pohl should contact the Meigs County Sheriff's Office at 740-992-3371
or online at www.meigssheriff.org/tip