Death Investigation headed to grand jury

Sheriff Jeff Paden said that investigators have uncovered the events leading up to a Buffalo man’s death earlier this week (Monday March 8th). Sheriff Paden said that his office received a 9-1-1 call Monday evening shortly before 7:00 p.m. from a woman reporting that her grandson had been found unresponsive in his home on Mineral Ave. Deputies and medical personnel from Senecaville First Responders and United Ambulance responded to the scene. A short time later, 27 year old Robert G. Eltringham was pronounced dead at the scene.  Deputies spoke with family members who reside next door to Eltringham and began learning that the events leading up to Eltringham’s death was suspicious. Deputies then notified detectives and Guernsey County Coroner Dr. Sandra Schubert, who responded to the scene as well. Dr. Schubert conducted a preliminary examination and evidence was also collected at the scene. Dr. Schubert also ordered that Eltringham be transported to the Licking County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy to be completed. Although a preliminary autopsy report has been completed, the final autopsy report will not be completed for up to twelve weeks.

Sheriff Paden said that throughout the week his investigators have identified multiple persons of interests in the investigation and completed several interviews as well as reviewing evidence with the county coroner and the Prosecutor’s Office. It was determined that this case will be presented to the grand jury for consideration of felony charges.

Lieutenant Sam Williams, the lead investigator in the case, said that charges of Failure to Provide for a Functionally Impaired Person, a felony of the fourth degree are likely to be considered. Lt. Williams added that ” This is one of the more disturbing and selfish cases that I’ve investigated in my career. Although immoral conduct is not always criminal ,unfortunately in this case, the most severe penalty is a fourth degree felony. I also feel that a public service announcement is warranted in the fact that water does not work when someone is having an internal medical episode. Calling 9-1-1 or performing CPR does!!”