Searches conclude in Day 3 of Van Wert Co. investigation

Residents told NewsChannel 15 there was active shooting

MIDDLE POINT, Ohio (WANE) – Van Wert County Sheriff Tom Riggenbach announced the conclusion of the Middle Point investigation on Friday.

According to the Times Bulletin, Riggenbach said the investigation was part of a Van Wert City Police Department’s missing person’s investigation, involving Kori Glossett, a 25-year-old man last seen at the beginning of July.

Van Wert County Sheriff’s deputies and city police along with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and several other sheriff’s departments began the investigation on Wednesday and returned early Thursday to the streets of Middle Point, Ohio for another day of investigation. Wednesday, police served a series of search warrants in and around the city, including at a home along South Adams Streets and in farmland north of the village. A “command center” was established at 304 S. Adams St., just north of Bellis Road on the village’s south side. Thursday, most of the investigation efforts appeared to be in the backyard of the house. A K-9 search and rescue unit arrived to aid the investigation.

Police in Middle Point, Ohio continued a wide-spread investigation on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016.
Police in Middle Point, Ohio continued a wide-spread investigation on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016.

Van Wert County Sheriff Tom Riggenbach initially refused to explain what the search warrants involved, while rumors swirled in the tiny village.

Several residents have told NewsChannel 15 that they had no idea what was going on. Some said they know the man that lives in the house, but don’t know him well. They said he’s a “nice” and “quiet” man who often “keeps to himself.” Other residents said an active shooting happened in the area. One resident said an ambulance took a person away and another said a student at a bus stop reported hearing gunshots. Police did not confirm those reports, and Riggenbach said County Coroner Dr. Scott Jarvis was never called out. Jarvis himself actually dispelled those rumors on NewsChannel 15’s Facebook page Wednesday.

A viewer sent this photo of a police investigation in Middle Point, Ohio to NewsChannel 15 using the ReportIt feature.
A viewer sent this photo of a police investigation in Middle Point, Ohio to NewsChannel 15 using the ReportIt feature.

Still, investigators searched. The area of focus Wednesday was a cornfield and barn about two miles north of the South Adams Street home. On Thursday, officers surrounded the heavily wooded backyard of South Adams Street home. It’s not clear what officials were searching for there, but they could be seen snapping photos on the property.

NewsChannel 15 is working to independently verify information regarding the end of the investigation with the Van Wert Police Department. We will update this story as we learn more.