Anna man found dead in Dayton

Police consider possible homicide

By Patricia Ann Speelman -

SIDNEY — A missing Anna man was found dead in front of an apartment complex in Dayton on Wednesday and Dayton detectives responded to a homicide call out.

Donald J. Schulze, 48, was reported missing by his parents Monday after he didn’t return home Sunday evening or show up for work on Monday. Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jim Fry said Schulze “works very hard and never misses work,” so when he wasn’t at work at Wells Bros. in Anna on Monday, his parents filed the report.

Dayton Police were dispatched to 429 N. Cherrywood St., Dayton, on the report of a male body in the back of a red Chevrolet Silverado at 3:06 p.m., Wednesday. According to the memo filed at the Dayton Police Department, the truck was registered to Schulze. The responding officer also learned that a Shelby County man with that name had been listed as missing.

“When I approached the truck, I saw the male … lying facedown in the bed of the truck. It was clear that he was deceased and had been for some time,” wrote Officer Wesley Moan in the memo.

“A homicide call out was initiated and detectives responded along with an E-crew,” the memo continued. “I … requested that medics respond to the scene. When Dayton Fire arrived, they immediately called for a coroner.”

Sidney Daily News partner WDTN-TV in Dayton reported late Thursday that Shelby County Sheriff John Lenhart called the death questionable.

“It’s certainly an unusual death. A questionable death but we don’t have any more than that at this moment. We’re going to work with the Dayton Police Department and follow every lead we can,” Lenhart told WDTN.

“Donald Schulze’s autopsy was completed Thursday morning,” the WDTN report says. “Investigators say there was nothing glaringly obvious about how he died, so now they’re waiting for the toxicology results to come back, which takes on average eight weeks.

“According to Schulze’s boss of 11 years, Curt Wells, he was a good employee,” the report continued.

“’Everybody knows him around this area. He’d give you his shirt off his back. He was on time. He did a great job for us,” said Wells, who is a co-owner of Wells Bros. Inc. in Anna,” the television report said.

The sheriff’s office has asked that anyone who has information about Schulze’s whereabouts over last weekend should call them at 498-1111.
Police consider possible homicide

By Patricia Ann Speelman

Sidney Daily News reporter Sheryl Roadcap contributed to this story.

Sidney Daily News reporter Sheryl Roadcap contributed to this story.