NEW INFO: Parents Grieve Loss; Police Still Investigating Murder

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 2/14/11 @ 11:20 a.m.
MEIGS COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The death of a man found in his truck is tearing up his family as local investigators scramble for answers.

Joshua Starcher's body was found a very rural area that truly could be described as in the middle of nowhere.'s Carrie Cline sat down with Joshua's parents Monday afternoon. They are baffled and devastated by his death and say, even though he was 32, he will always be their baby.

“I would rather have lost him in a car accident or to a heart attack, but murder?” said Gilly Starcher, Joshua’s mother.

“For me, I was lucky that I got to spend everyday with Josh and my grandchildren. They got off the bus here because Josh worked for me. He was a single dad,” said Coy Starcher, Joshua’s father.

Without question, Coy and Gilly Starcher are deeply grieving the loss of their son, a 32-year-old father of three girls.

“He was a good father. He would give those girls a kiss every morning and every evening,” Gilly said.

A passerby was driving on Vinegar Street in broad daylight Friday afternoon when he saw Joshua’s truck sitting on the rural road. His body was inside. But, police aren’t saying how he died or when.

“He would sometimes take a pain pill,” Coy said.

Police haven't told the Starchers much, but they have their own suspicions about what led up to their son’s death.

“It looks probable that he was illegally buying prescription drugs,” Coy said.

But, while police continue to investigate, these parents hold on to the happy memories like Joshua's birthday party, just the day before his murder.

“That’s the last hug, the last kiss, the last, ‘I love you, Mom’ I’ll ever get from him,” Gilly said.

The Starchers said their son suffered a major back injury several years ago, underwent several procedures and even a surgery for that, but still experienced a lot of pain.

But, again, police are not releasing any details about the murder.

UPDATE 2/14/11 @11:20 a.m.
MEIGS COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Sheriff Deputies are investigating the death of a Pomeroy man as a homicide.

Meigs County Sheriff Robert Beegle tells that 32-year-old Joshua Starcher was found dead inside his vehicle Friday afternoon.

Beegle says the vehicle was parked on Vinegar Street which is several miles from where Starcher lived.

Beegle is still not releasing how Starcher died, but says this is an isolated incident.

ORIGINAL STORY 2/12/2011 @ 3:30 p.m.
MEIGS COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A man's body has been discovered in Meigs County, Ohio.

According to Sheriff Robert Beegle, the body of Joshua Starcher was found on Vinegar Street on Friday afternoon. He was 32 years old and from Pomeroy Pike in Pomeroy, Ohio.

Beegle did not release how Starcher died, but says the death is under investigation.

The Sheriff says says if you have any information, you're asked to contact the Meigs County Sheriff's Office.

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