Update: Homicide investigation

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(Posted Oct. 25, 2019)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Madison County Sheriff’s Office detectives and the Cincinnati Police Department are investigating a homicide involving a body found lying along I-71 in southern Madison County.

A passerby called the Madison County Sheriff’s Office at 3:09 a.m. Oct. 17 to report a body lying along the roadway near the 80 mile marker on I-71 northbound in Range Township.

Sheriff’s deputies and medics from Sterling Joint Ambulance District responded. The victim, Rodney Watkins, 19, of Cincinnati, was found to be deceased.

Dr. James Kaehr, Madison County coroner, examined the body, which was later transported to the Montgomery Coroner’s Office for an autopsy to determine the cause of death. Based on the autopsy results, officials are investigating the incident as a homicide. Details have not been released as to the cause of death.

Madison County and Cincinnati detectives are working together to follow up on any developing leads. Crime Stoppers also has offered assistance in gathering information. There are no known persons of interest at this time, according to Madison County Sheriff John Swaney.

“These types of cases are the hardest to investigate–when you have a rural setting like that with no known witnesses,” he said.

Anyone who was in the area between 2 and 3:10 a.m. Oct. 17 and has information about this death is asked to contact the Madison County Sheriff’s Office at (740) 852-1332.

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