Coroner’s office needs help in locating Middletown man’s family

The Butler County Coroner’s Office needs help in locating next of kin for John Salo, III, 59, who died last month in Middletown. FILE
The Butler County Coroner’s Office needs help in locating next of kin for John Salo, III, 59, who died last month in Middletown. FILE

The Butler County Coroner’s Office needs help in locating next of kin for a Middletown man who died last month.

John Salo, III, 59, lived on South Main Street in Middletown, according to Martin Schneider, coroner’s office administrator. Salo was found dead on March 26 at a residence in the 100 block of North Leibee Street. His death is under investigation, but it does not appear to be suspicious.

Schneider said all leads have come up “short in locating” Salo’s family.

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Anyone with information on locating Salo’s family is encouraged to email the coroner’s office through its website.

“Most cases our investigators are able to speak to family on site, or if not family, friends who can direct us to family,” Schneider said. “When neither of those options are feasible, we will begin looking to our partners in the community. We might check with the local jails if they had been processed in there which requires them to list next of kin. One of our staff in our office checks with some of the online genetics sites and we have had some success there. We have also utilized the Butler County Veterans Services Office as they will keep a lot of information on veterans who go to them for assistance. Other times law enforcement has been helpful in researching possible next of kin. When all of those efforts turn up no leads, we look to the community to solicit their assistance via The Journal.”

Schneider said in recent years the office has asked for public help in finding next of kin about four or five times.

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“We have had success in most, if not all, of the efforts we have made with the Journal,” he said.

On Friday, one day after the plea was posted the Journal-New website, Schneider said the office has received calls.

“So far, we have not made contact, but there are many promising leads,” he said. “I’m very hopeful that these efforts by the readers will lead to finding Mr. Salo’s family.”