BUCYRUS, Ohio — Police investigating the deaths of four men in two days believe all are connected.
The bodies of two men were discovered Monday and two additional men were found dead Tuesday, said Bucyrus Police Chief David Koepke.
Police are interviewing a person of interest believed to be involved in the deaths, and Koepke said formal charges could be filed "later this week." Capt. Joe Greathouse confirmed police believe the four deaths are related.
Koepke said blunt force trauma was used on all four victims.
"That leads us to believe foul play was the cause of the deaths," he said.
Preliminary autopsy reports should be available Thursday. Neither a link among victims nor a motive has been established, but according to family members the four men were acquaintances.
"As we start to retrace the steps of the victims we may have other leads to pursue," Greathouse said.
Police have identified the victims as Billy Jack Chatman, 55; Freelin Hensley, 68; Darrell E. Lewis, 65, and Jerry Smith, 65.
The beaten body of Chatman was found Monday in his home in the northern end of Bucyrus. Hensley's body was also found Monday in his home, just south of Bucyrus. The two calls came in 28 minutes apart on Labor Day.
Early Tuesday , after interviewing a male suspect in the earlier two deaths, bodies were discovered at two different locations, one south of bucyrus and one near downtown. Those victims were Lewis and Smith.
The Crawford County Coroner, Bucyrus Police and the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation, with the assistance of the Crawford County Sheriff's Office, are working together to evaluate the circumstances of the suspicious deaths.
Macy Chatman called her father "a good person."
"If somebody needed something, he would have given it to them," she said. "I just don't get why they did this to him.
"He was harmless. He was everybody's friend. I want this person found because it's not right."
Macy, who also lives in Bucyrus, last saw her father Saturday.
"The last words I said was 'I love you.' I'm glad that's what it was because (sometimes) we argued."
Smith's niece, Valerie Smith Malone, will miss her uncle, Jerry Smith.
"He was a good man; very loving, quiet," Malone said. "I'm his favorite niece and he was my favorite uncle. He spoiled me growing up."
With the news of four confirmed suspicious deaths spreading through the city, residents are on high alert.
"I have a 4-month-old and an elderly father, I don't want this to happen to us," said Rikki Eggelston, who lives near one of the crime scenes. I hope all this just goes away. I live right across the alley from the guy on Mansfield Street, and waking up seeing this was terrifying. It makes me not want to sleep at night."
Contributing: Telegraph-Forum reporter Kimberly Gasuras