Man found dead identified

Piqua man suffered cardiac event

Staff Report

TROY —The man found dead on County Road 25-A early Tuesday morning has been identified as Kenneth B. Stem, 60, of Piqua.

Miami County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched on the report of a body lying beside the southbound roadway of North County Road 25-A just south of the UVMC campus at 1:29 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21. The complainant was a passing motorist, according to Sheriff Dave Duchak.

Deputies arrived a short while later and found a male lying face down beside the road. The male was deceased and it is believed he had not been there long, according to Duchak. Detectives were summonsed and the scene was processed. There was no evidence of trauma or wounds on the body other than some bleeding on the subjects face, which would be consistent with the victim falling forward, he said. There was also no evidence that the subject had been struck by a vehicle.

Duchak said the Miami County Coroner had the remains transported to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy.

The investigation further showed that Mr. Stem had been dropped off at the UVMC Behavioral Health Unit around 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20. It was also learned that Mr. Stem left the Behavioral Health Unit sometime around 6 p.m. Monday and had not been admitted to the hospital.

Mr. Stem’s whereabouts after 6 p.m. are unknown at this time.

Duchak said detectives received preliminary autopsy results Wednesday morning showing Mr. Stem had suffered a major cardiac event, which was likely the cause of death pending the results of toxicology. Results of the toxicology are not expected for six to eight weeks, Duchak said.

Piqua man suffered cardiac event