Man's corpse found in Willard; no foul play suspected: coroner

WILLARD - Authorities have determined the person found dead Sunday night in this city was Robert K. Meiners, 48, of Park Street. Huron County Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Harwood said people last saw Meiners June 19 and his family reported him missing two days later. The coroner said relatives hadn't heard from Meiners since he left and noted the man had no previous history of leaving unexpectedly.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

WILLARD - Authorities have determined the person found dead Sunday night in this city was Robert K. Meiners, 48, of Park Street.

Huron County Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Harwood said people last saw Meiners June 19 and his family reported him missing two days later. The coroner said relatives hadn't heard from Meiners since he left and noted the man had no previous history of leaving unexpectedly.

Preliminary results from Monday morning's autopsy indicates Meiners died from natural causes, but Harwood said his office is still waiting for toxicology results. He said it appears Meiners died about June 19 after walking in the woods.

"It's still being developed by the police," Harwood said. "I don't know much of his health history."

Dispatchers received a call at 6:44 p.m. about Meiners' dead body being discovered in the area of Central Avenue and Second Street. Officers arrived and found the corpse in the wooded area of the stockyard area of the railroad property, Willard Police Chief Joe Daniel said.

"There was a lot of decomposition, so the body wasn't in good shape," Harwood said.

Police, upon finding Meiners' body, contacted the county coroner's office to investigate and had the corpse sent to the Lucas County Coroner's office to have an autopsy performed. A Lucas County spokesman said he couldn't release any information on the case and referred questions to Harwood.