Piqua police investigate man’s death

PIQUA — Police in Piqua are looking into the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a dead body found in the city on Friday morning.

A passerby called Miami County 911 around 7:30 a.m. to report a man lying on the sidewalk on Cherry Street near Washington Avenue.

Police arrived to find the man, identified as Mickey S. Cole, 43, deceased.

Deputy Piqua Police Chief Marty Grove said that, due to the circumstances, the call was initially handled as a suspicious death, but preliminary autopsy results point to Cole’s death as not suspicious.

“At this point, there is nothing to indicate anything suspicious,” Grove said.

The investigation is ongoing, according to Grove, who explained, “We are waiting on toxicology reports for a final determination. In the meantime, we are looking for anyone who may have been in recent contact with Cole.”

It could be 6-8 weeks before final toxicology and autopsy results are available, he said.

Cole is a former Piqua resident, but his last known address was in the West Milton area. Police are trying to retrace Cole’s footsteps over the past few days.

Grove asks that if anyone was in the area of Cherry Street and Washington Avenue on Friday morning or has had recent contact with Cole, please call police at 911 or 937-615-TIPS (8477).

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Body found lying on city sidewalk

By Mike Ullery