As of Thursday morning, Aug. 31, Roy Miller, Fulton County sheriff, has confirmed that a body has been recovered from the wreckage of a home that exploded near Swanton.
Sheriff deputies responded to a domestic violence call at 5:18 pm, Wednesday, Aug. 30, at a residence near the intersection of Co. Rd. 2-2 and US20A in Swan Creek Township. The explsion occurred about three hours later.
The suspect was reported by the press to be a man, but Toni Schindler, spokesman for the Sheriff Department, said the remains recovered from the debris was so badly damaged, the gender could not be determined immediately.
A woman and two children were taken from the area by a victim’s advocate prior to the explosion.
In a press release, FCSD officials said the suspect had retreated into the house and refused to come out. Officers were told there were firearms in the house, but Shindler said the suspect never brandished them before deputies, and never fired a shot.
Attempts to negotiate with the suspect were unsuccessful. Shindler said the suspect never talked with hostage negotiator.
Shortly after, deputies observed that the suspect had set fire to the home.
A deputy tried to enter the house, but smelled gas and retreated. Further negotiations were fruitless.
At 8:13 pm, the house exploded. Photos published online by a regional newspaper showed the wreckage totally engulfed in flames.
Lindsey Leberth, a public information office with the Ohio State Fire Marshal office, said investigators on scene during the night and early morning hours of Wednesday and Thursday said the explosion was caused by a propane gas leak. They have not determined whether the leak was accidental or intentionally caused.
During the incident, US20A between Co. Rd. 2-2 and Co. Rd. 3 was closed, with traffic diverted over county roads. The highway has since been reopened.
Shinder said the address of the house that exploded is 2513 US20A, Swanton. Infomration available on the Fulton County Auditor Office website lists the owner of the property as Terry L. Daubenmeyer, who lives at that address. It is not known if Daubenmeyer was the suspect.
In addition to FCSD deputies, Swanton and Wauseon police departments were on scene along with the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Multi-Area Narcotics Task Force (MAN Unit).
Metamora, Delta, and Swanton fire departments responded to the incident, along with the Fulton County dog warden.
Investigations by FCSD and the Fire Marshal office are underway.
The identity of the body found in the home is being withheld, pending positive identification.-Posted 8.31, 10:10 am; updated 8.31, 5:24 pm.