Homicide Being Investigated by Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office


Sheriff Jeffrey D. Paden said that Deputies from his Patrol Division responded to a 9-1-1 call coming from a Pioneer Rd. Byesville home shortly after 10:00 p.m. on Saturday night January 20, 2024. The caller reported that a male had been assaulted. Deputies arrived at the home and during their preliminary investigation, found that a 73 year old man had been assaulted by a male acquaintance that was still inside the home. Deputies summoned an emergency squad for the victim due to his serious visible injuries and detained the assailant identified as Bob D. Dailey age 58 of Byesville.

The elderly victim was transported by Byesville Volunteer Fire Department EMS to Ohio Health Southeastern Ohio Medical Center for further medical treatment and Dailey was transported to the county jail and placed on a felony investigative hold. At this time Detectives from the Investigations Division were notified and began their investigation.

Detectives learned that the victim was going to be transferred to Grand Medical Hospital in Columbus, Ohio for further treatment due to the life threatening injuries. A search warrant was requested and granted for the Pioneer Road property and investigators processed and documented the scene.

On Tuesday afternoon January 23rd, Bob D. Dailey was charged with Felonious Assault a second degree felony and was arraigned for a bond hearing in the Cambridge Municipal Court on Thursday January 25th. Bond was set at $100,000 dollars with no 10 % permitted and if bond were to be posted, Dailey was to return to the court for further hearing prior to any release.

Late Thursday afternoon Detectives were notified that the victim had succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at Grant Medical Hospital. An autopsy is scheduled to take place at the Franklin County Coroner’s Office. Based on the death of the assault victim, detectives will be requesting further charges including Murder be presented to a grand jury for consideration and this investigations remains active.