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CELINA — The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the Grube double homicide and the Fair home invasion/robbery. Since Monday, the sheriff's office has received more than 60 new tips, mostly involving the Fair home invasion/robbery.
A witness has come forward and worked with detectives and BCI&I agents to develop a composite drawing of one of the suspects. The suspect's hair is described as reddish blonde and the suspect is stocky and shorter than 5-feet-7. The witness believes that he is in approximately 30-years-old.
“There are many similarities to the two cases, but we have not made a connection at this point,” Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey said in a news release.
Detective Lance Crum has been assigned to be the lead investigator on the Fair case while Detective Doug Timmerman continues to investigate the Grube case. Detective Megan Baker and Ohio BCI&I agents will assist in both investigations as needed. Lt. Martin Emerine has been reassigned from the patrol division to the detective bureau to follow up on other cases that need investigative attention.
Mercer County residents are urged to be alert, watch your neighbors’ property and report suspicious activity. Suspicious activity should be reported to the sheriff’s office dispatch number at 419-586-7724. Anonymous tips may be left on the sheriff’s office website at MercerCountySheriff.org or by calling the tip line at 567-890-TIPS (8477).