Death of Minford man still under investigation

March 11, 2013

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

The Scioto County Sheriff’s Office is looking into the mysterious circumstances of the weekend death of a Scioto County man. According to the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office, Barry McGraw, 51, of Minford, was found dead at his home on Sunday.

Scioto County Sheriff’s Captain David Hall said McGraw was treated at Southern Ohio Medical Center on Saturday, after a gun accidentally discharged striking him in the leg. Then, after McGraw was unreachable on Sunday, Hall said the man’s father went to his house where he found him dead at around 4:25 p.m.

Hall said McGraw’s body was taken to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy. A preliminary report Monday morning said that a gunshot wound was also found in his side.

“We found the wound. My detectives found it,” Hall said. “The autopsy confirmed it.”

No other details were immediately available and if a ruling is withheld until a toxicology report is done, it could be from 6 to 12 weeks before that is available.

The Daily Times asked Hall if someone else could have inflicted the gunshot.

“We’re doing an unbiased investigation and being open-minded just to make sure it is what it is,” Hall said. “We don’t know if it is self-inflicted or not. We’ve got testing and results to wait for and we have people we are interviewing, including relatives, family members, any last-known people that may have been associated with him.”

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@civitasmedia.com.