July 23, 2016

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Litchfield Township cold case added to state database

MEDINA — An unsolved homicide in Litchfield Township is now on a state database of more than 1,000 cold cases.

The Medina County Sheriff’s office submitted the unsolved homicide of Glenn W. Griffin Sr., who was found May 29, 2002, dead from a gunshot wound in his home on Avon Lake Road, in Litchfield Township.

Griffin, who sold firewood from his home, was discovered by a man who was camping nearby and arrived to pick up firewood, The Gazette reported at the time.

When Griffin didn’t answer the door, the man said he open it and saw blood.

Medina County Sheriff deputies searched the house but did not recover the gun used to shoot Griffin.

Three people who had come to the home to pick up firewood were tested for gunpowder residue on their hands and clothes, but none was found.

Attorney General Mike DeWine said he hopes the expanded database will draw attention to Ohio’s unsolved crimes and get new tips for cold cases.

In September, there were only 166 unsolved cases on the state site. But the database quickly grew after DeWine sent a request to sheriff offices and police departments across the state, asking them to participate.

“We are very happy that so many local law enforcement agencies have submitted their unsolved homicide cases,” said DeWine in a press release.  “We have already received tips on some of the cases, and we hope these tips will lead to arrests.”

DeWine said the state is still expecting cold case data from the Cleveland Police Department and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, which will bring the total on the database to more than 2,000.

To visit the database, visit www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Law-Enforcement/Police-Officer/Cold-Case.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4043 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.

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Loren Genson was The Gazette's senior reporter. From August 2012 through September 2015, she covered Brunswick city and state and national government. To contact The Gazette, call the managing editor at (330) 721-4065.