PIQUA — A candlelight vigil was held over the weekend in memory of a local man who was found passed away on a sidewalk last week, and his family is calling for further investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death.
Mickey S. Cole, 43, was found deceased and lying on a sidewalk on Cherry Street near Washington Avenue early Friday morning.
His daughter, Faith Cole, is still trying to process his death.
“I’m trying to piece everything together,” said Faith, a Houston High School graduate who now lives in Montgomery County.
Faith said that her father was found near his car, but his keys and wallet were missing. She and other loved ones suspect a nearby house in the area of Cherry Street and Washington Avenue might have been involved, and they share concerns about those they believe might have left her father in the cold.
“We want them to do further investigating,” Faith said. “I know my dad would want me to give him justice.”
Faith was 13 years old when she met her father for the first time. Originally from Kentucky, she was building a new relationship with her father and getting to know him after moving to the area a few years ago.
“It was just too soon for him to go,” Faith said.
Faith said that her father had an issue with drugs in the past, but it is unclear if his death was drug-related.
“It’s heartbreaking,” said Faith’s mother, April Gray of Troy. Gray expressed grief over Mickey Cole not being in her daughter’s life anymore as well as about the circumstances surrounding his passing.
“It’s OK to call an ambulance. Call for help,” Gray said.
Gray also thanked the Piqua Police Department and Piqua Chief of Police Bruce Jamison, saying, “He’s been a great support to us.”
A passerby found Mickey Cole and called Miami County 911 around 7:30 a.m. Friday.
The call was initially handled as a suspicious death due to the circumstances, but preliminary autopsy results point to Cole’s death as not suspicious.
Deputy Chief Marty Grove of the Piqua Police Department said that they are waiting on toxicology reports to determine Cole’s official cause of death, but they are continuing to retrace Cole’s steps and look for anyone in recent contact with Cole. It could be six to eight weeks before final toxicology and autopsy results are available.
“The investigation’s still ongoing,” Grove said on Monday.
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 asked that if anyone was in the area of Cherry Street and Washington Avenue on Friday morning or has had recent contact with Cole, call police at 911 or 937-615-TIPS (8477).
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