August 20, 2014

Medina
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Initial report: Teen’s death not suspicious

MONTVILLE TWP. — Medina County Coroner Dr. Neil Grabenstetter has not yet ruled on the death of a 15-year-old Medina High freshman found in the woods behind his home Thursday.

In the initial report, released Monday, Montville police said they found no evidence of foul play.

Medina’s Troy Grabowski makes a catch over North Royalton’s Kevin Gilligan during the first quarter of Friday’s game. Medina students and players wore yellow, the freshman class color, to show their support for one another. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JUDD SMERGLIA)

Township Police Chief Terry Grice said investigators believe the death was a suicide by hanging.

“They still have some things to look into, but at this point, nothing looks suspicious,” he said.

The report said the boy was found about 3:30 p.m. beneath a tree house in the woods behind his family’s home in a housing subdivision off River Styx Road.

The report does not identify who found the boy or who first called police.

Responding officers stated that “those who had originally located him in the woods” were attempting cardio-pulmonary resuscitation in an attempt to revive the boy. CPR was continued by the police officers until members of the Medina Life Support Team arrived. After contacting Medina Hospital, further efforts were halted.

The death would be the fifth suicide of a juvenile in Medina County in the last 12 months and the second of a Medina City Schools student.
Parents of students at the high school were informed of the boy’s death Thursday evening by a pre-recorded phone call from Principal Bryan Farson.

More than 20 crisis counselors were called to the school Friday morning for students and staff members.

Some students Friday wore yellow, the freshman class color, to show their support for one another, Medina Schools spokeswoman Jeanne Hurt said.

In addition, a student group announced via Twitter that students should wear yellow to Friday’s football game.