identified as Kettering man
Greene County officials identified the remains found in John Bryan State
Park Sunday night as those of Anthony Moorman, a 20-year-old Kettering
man who had been missing since last September.
Two hikers found Moormans remains on Sunday around 5:30 p.m., on
the southeast end of the state park, near Clifton and Larkins Roads in
Miami Township, about a hundred feet inside the border of the park. The
remains were discovered in a heavily wooded area near the Little Miami
River, in what Scott Fletcher, the manager of the state park, described
as a pretty remote part of the park.
Officials with the Greene County Sheriffs Department, the coroners
office and John Bryan State Park worked together on the investigation.
They arrived on the scene around 6 and worked until 9:30 or 10 Sunday
night. A small team of Miami Township Fire-Rescue personnel was called
in to provide lighting, Hope Robbins, the assistant fire chief, said.
Officials removed the remains on Monday morning, after resuming their
investigation in the state park a few hours after sunrise.
The coroners office ruled Moormans death a suicide by hanging,
Bill McCarthy, an administrator with the office, said. The office identified
the remains using dental records, he said.
A journal containing poems and other writings was found with Moormans
remains, McCarthy said. Noting that the journal was in bad shape,
McCarthy said that officials are trying to dry the journal out and preserve
it, hoping that it may contain clues as to why Moorman committed suicide.
Moorman, who was called Andy, had been missing since September 11, 2002.
He was last heard from on that day when he talked to his mother on the
phone. When he failed to show up at work two days later, he was reported
His car was found in John Bryan State Park. The Miami Township fire department,
park rangers and search dogs unsuccessfully searched the park for three
On Monday, before the remains were identified, investigators speculated
that the remains could have been those of Moorman or Tim Lopez, the 18-year-old
Yellow Springs High School student who disappeared on Jan. 22, 2002. Lopezs
car was found near Grinnell Mill in the South Glen. Lopezs disappearance
remains a mystery.
Investigators notified the families of both men about the discovery, Chief
Deputy John Prugh of the Sheriffs Department said. Prugh extended
his condolences to Moormans family.
Moormans death is the second area hanging that has been discovered
by a hiker.
On March 5, a hiker in Glen Helen found the body of Jonathan Preston,
a 21-year-old Urbana resident, hanging from a tree. The coroners
office ruled that Preston also committed suicide by hanging, McCarthy