Theodore Decker: Man who died was known, if not by name

The Columbus Dispatch | Theodore Decker

For nearly two months, starting on the raw April morning when his body was found, he was known only as John Doe.

The police came and left without knowing his name. In the weeks that followed, no candles or flowers marked the place of his death. The steady ebb and flow of traffic on nearby West Broad Street went on for seven weeks.

And then, on Wednesday afternoon, the Ohio attorney general’s office said the man was a John Doe no longer. He had been identified as 56-year-old Michael Kimble.

The identification came a week after a publicity blitz by the Franklin County coroner and Attorney General Dave Yost’s office.

“Our call for information was answered, as over 100 tips were received,” Yost said.

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