MEDINA – A preliminary autopsy report for Lafayette Township Trustee Bryon Macron determined he was stabbed multiple times, but a cause of death was not given.
The body of Macron, 45, was found in Chippewa Lake Feb. 21 by a kayaker more than two months after he was first reported missing.
According to the report, the major injury was a 3-inch stab would on the right side of his neck that missed the jugular and carotid arteries. Other stab wounds were also seen on his upper neck and his right forearm, along with other injuries considered superficial.
The preliminary autopsy reported drowning and hypothermia may have also been possible causes of death. Macron was able to be identified using fingerprints and there were signs of decomposition on the body.
Under state law, journalists are allowed to see preliminary autopsy reports and pictures taken during the autopsy which are not available to the general public. However, county officials previously reported they did not have the report, as the autopsy was completed at the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Even if they had, the Medina County Prosecutor’s Office previously argued the records should not be released, as the information is part of an investigation by the Medina County Sheriff’s Office.
In mid-March, TV network WKYC Channel 3 in Cleveland filed a suit against the Medina County Coroner’s Office, stating the office was in violation of public records laws under the Ohio Revised Code. After a March 22 hearing, Common Pleas Judge Christopher Collier ordered the records be turned over and that he would determine what could be released.
At an April 5 hearing, an attorney of Channel 3 along with Medina County Prosecutor Forrest Thompson met privately in the judge’s office and the terms of the record release were determined.
Channel 3, who had first access to the documents, broadcast the results later that day while other media outlets were able to access them the next morning.
Thompson, whose office distributed the autopsy report, said the report only arrived the week before and that no conclusions should be drawn until the final report comes in. The final report will be completed after toxicology tests are completed; a release date has not been determined.
Macron was declared missing Dec. 16, 2016 after it was found a struggle had taken place at the township’s office on Wedgewood Road. Blood was reportedly found at the scene in his car, which was found later that day in a public parking lot at Chippewa Lake a few miles away from the office, close to where his body was found two months later.
Macron, a married father with three young daughters, had served as township trustee since 2010.