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Investigation Continues into Suspicious Death in Groves Avenue Trailer
Posted on: 04/03/2013
By  Mike Cullums
Thursday morning update: Police are releasing little new information regarding the suspicious death of Frank Stephens, 68. They've interviewed the two male residents of the Groves Avenue mobile home where Stephens died.
One of the men was arrested on Tuesday for burglary. Ira Blair, 28, was charged after he allegedly broke into a residence at 423 Third Street on Tuesday morning. He appeared to have been in a fight.
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Marietta Police are investigating a death at a location off Gilman Avenue.  Detective Sergeant Greg Nohe this morning identified the dead man as 68-year-old Frank Stephens of 105 Leland Avenue.  
That's close to where Stephens died at 139 Groves Avenue - a white mobile home across the street from the Hickory Hills Meat Processing facility on Slaughterhouse Hill.  
Sergeant Nohe said the department is treating the death as a homicide, as it does all deaths with an unknown cause.
Nohe said there is no suspect at this time, but police have several witnesses to interview, and it’s possible that one or more of the witnesses could become a suspect. He’s not sure yet if any of the other persons present when Stephens died were themselves injured.
Two officers are at the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office in Dayton today, where Stephens’ body will be autopsied. Nohe says a preliminary autopsy - presumably confirming a cause of death - should be available in about a week. A complete report will take six to eight weeks.
AM 1490 will broadcast any new developments as soon as they become available.
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