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Phone Tip Changes 'Routine' Death To 'Suspicious'
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
March 25, 2003

NORWALK, OHIO--Charles Wieber Jr, 70, died on February 5 and his body was buried a few days later in a Sandusky cemetery.

Everything seemed routine until a few weeks ago when Huron County Sheriff's detectives received a tip suggesting they look into how Wieber was treated prior to his death. Sheriff's officials then opened up an investigation into the circumstances before Wieber died, the Morning Journal reported.

On March 18, Wieber's body was exhumed and the following day the Lucas County Coroner's office performed an autopsy.

Preliminary results show Wieber died from pneumonia, however further microscopic studies are pending, the coroner explained.

Wieber had mental retardation and a degenerative disease. At the time of his death, he had been staying with care providers arranged for by his mother, Lucille Wieber Sutorius, before her death last fall.

Sheriff's Detective Dane Howard said one or two suspects have been questioned in connection with the case.

"Primarily, the core of the investigation surrounds how he was treated before his death," Howard said.

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