MIDDLEPORT — Meigs County sheriff’s deputies and Middleport police are continuing their investigation into what they’re now calling a homicide of an elderly man who was found deceased in his home Wednesday morning.
Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood said the body of Dale Miller, 74, was discovered after a call was made to police to conduct a routine well-being check. They initiated the check at about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at a home in the 600 block of High Street. Because of the nature of the investigation, Wood told Ohio Valley Publishing earlier in the day that the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation has been called to assist.
Miller’s cause of death was not released.
Wood said it is imperative the public contact authorities with any information relating to the investigation. He said Miller’s car was taken from the property with Ohio license plate FRS9966. The vehicle is a blue 1999 Ford extended cab truck with silver stripe lightning bolts on the vehicle’s side. It is a two-wheel drive vehicle with a silver tailgate.
The vehicle was allegedly spotted Tuesday in Gallia County. Wood asks the public to be cautious if they see the vehicle and to not approach as the suspect inside may be considered armed and dangerous. He urges the public to contact the nearest law enforcement agency if the vehicle is sighted.
Middleport residents were shocked and saddened by Wednesday’s events. One neighbor shared concerns that his children would be very upset because “Miller was a very good neighbor and the kids loved him.”
Another neighbor said she felt uneasy with the suspect still at large and possibly in the area.