man found dead in Glen Helen
A hiker passing through Glen Helen last week found a dead body hanging
from a tree near the Yellow Spring parking lot off State Route 343.
Miami Township Fire-Rescue arrived at the scene a little after 10:30 a.m.,
Wednesday, March 5, and pronounced Jonathan Preston, a 21-year-old Urbana
The Greene County coroners office has not yet ruled on the official
cause of death, but all signs point toward suicide, the coroners
chief investigator, Claude Lyons, said Monday. It could take as long as
a month to make an official ruling, he said.
With the investigation pending, details of the case were very sparse.
Lyons would only disclose that Preston was last seen in Enon on Tuesday,
Residential campers at the Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center were in
the Glen all day Wednesday, said Bob Whyte, director of the Glen Helen
Ecology Institute. Though Glen officials werent notified of the
suicide until around 11 a.m. that morning, none of the youth came across
Whyte indicated more immediate notification could have helped the Glen
ensure no children were exposed to the incident.