ADDISON TWP. — More details concerning the suspicious death of a Gallipolis man that occurred late on Wednesday morning have been released by the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office following a preliminary investigation.
According to Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning, sheriff’s office officials are currently in the process of interviewing individuals that were present and/or in the area prior to and following the death of Thomas Marr, 29, on Wednesday morning.
Emergency officials responded to Marr’s residence, located at 1607 Ohio 7 North in Addison Township near Kanauga, on Wednesday following a 911 call at 11:51 a.m.
According to Browning, a female occupant of the home contacted the 911 center and reported that Marr had been discovered in the residence and was having trouble breathing.
Marr later died of an apparent stab wound — injuries sustained from a possible altercation, according to Browning.
Also responding to the scene of the incident were agents with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI), Gallia County Coroner Dr. Dan Whiteley and Gallia County EMS personnel.
According to Browning, after investigating the incident, Whiteley ordered an autopsy to be performed by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.
Browning also reported that BCI agents are assisting the sheriff’s office in this case as officials begin the process of interviewing anyone with information in regard to the incident.
The sheriff further requested that individuals with any information in regard to this case, call the sheriff’s office anonymous tip-line at (740) 446-6555.
According to Browning, investigators have not officially deemed the death of Marr as a homicide but are investigating it as such until further information is gleaned from witnesses.
No further details are being released at this time.
The death of Marr marks the third possible act of extreme violence in Gallia County in under two weeks.
The sheriff’s office also recently investigated the shooting death of Stephanie R. Ramey, 28, which occurred during the early morning hours of February 15 at a residence on Hartsook Road near the village of Vinton.
The victim’s husband, David A. Ramey, 38, has been charged with murder in connection with this case and is currently being held in the Gallia County Jail under a $1 million, 10 percent bond.
A second and previous shooting which occurred during the evening of February 12 has resulted in a charge of felonious assault.
Jesse E. Bender, 40, Thurman, allegedly shot his girlfriend, Lindsay Allen, 23, Chillicothe, in the arm on Sunday, February 12.
Following the incident, Allen was treated at Holzer Medical Center, flown to Grant Medical Center in Columbus and later released.
Bender is also under investigation for the possible illegal assembly or possession of materials for the manufacture of methamphetamine.
The suspect is being held under a $400,000, 10 percent bond.