No identity or cause of death for body found in Vandalia park

Darrell Wacker Drummer Editor

November 17, 2013

VANDALIA — The body found in Art Van Atta Park on Monday will require further investigation to determine the identity and cause of death.

Ken Batz, Director of the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, said that the condition of the body had deteriorated so much that more investigation is necessary.

“We are ‘pending’ the death certificate at this time,” said Batz. “Additional testing, toxicology, and investigation will be necessary to determine the cause of death.”

Batz confirmed that the remains are that of a female, but age and race are to be determined.

A Montgomery County employee found the body in a wooded area of the park near Kingman Drive where they were working on a sewer line.

In the 911 call, the employee indicated that the remains may have been there some time based on his description.

The body has been turned over to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office where an autopsy was conducted on Tuesday.

Vandalia police are talking to neighbors who live near the park to determine if they had seen anything suspicious. Anyone with information is asked to call the Vandalia Police Department at (937) 898-5868.

Police say it is too early to tell if the body is that of a woman who disappeared in late September. Aria Maria Spradling, 20, was last seen in Harrison Township in the 5000 block of Dixie Drive where she was leaving the Harem nightclub.

Spradling is described as 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighing around 130 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes. She also has several tatoos including the name “Maleigha” on her left arm, the name “Timothy” on her right thigh, the word “Family” on one of her legs and “Life/Death” on the other. She also has a large flower/skull tattoo on her upper right arm.