Updated Mon, Dec 2, 2013 5:37 pm
Local law enforcement officers are currently investigating a series of connected events that led to the discovery of a murder victim Friday evening.
An investigation has revealed that Patirck Morgan, 48, of Albany, was stabbed to death.
According to Jackson County Sheriff Tedd Frazier, on Friday, Nov. 29, at approximately 8:36 p.m. his office received an accident call, in the vicinity of Diggs Road, in Coal Twp.
There were two vehicles involved in the crash, and one driver apparently confronted the other driver before fleeing the scene.
"A male subject fled the scene from one of the vehicles involved in the crash, and upon inspection, a body was found in the capped-over bed of one of the vehicles," Frazier reported. "Near the same time period, units from the Wellston Police Department responded to a call at 1254 South New York Avenue, in which they determined that a serious crime had occurred there."
The sheriff went on to report that a male subject, was later apprehended near the Diggs Road location, and was taken to Holzer Medical Center-Jackson for treatment. The suspect in this case, Lewis Vance, 36, listed as homeless, is currently incarcerated in the Jackson County Correctional Facility, on unrelated offenses.
"The accident and the Wellston call were linked by Vance when he was apprehended," Frazier added.
Jackson County Coroner Dr. Gregory Hawker ordered the body sent to The Franklin County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy. On Monday, Frazier identified the murder victim as Patrick Morgan. Hawker confirmed that Morgan had been stabbed multiple times in the head and neck area. He indicated that Morgan fought his attacker, and basically bled to death.
Law enforcement officials are still trying to piece together the sequence of events as they occurred, and the relationships of the individuals involved in this case. Frazier did say that Vance was driving Morgan's vehicle when the initial crash occurred.
Investigators of The Ohio Bureau of Investigation and Identification (BCI) responded to the two scenes to process the vehicle, and the Wellston residence that is listed as a rental property that the tenant was moving out of. So far there is no information as to the connection of the tenant and the victim, and/or suspect.
The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information in this case is encouraged to contact the Jackson County Sheriff's Office at 286-6464.