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Widow blames former employee for death of murdered Lisbon man


LISBON, Ohio - The last person to see a murdered Columbiana County man alive is the subject of a wrongful death suit alleging that he's the one who fired the fatal shots.

The body 71-year-old Lisbon farmer Gerald Klusch was found near Hazel Run Road nearly two years ago, two months after he was reported missing.

The coroner ruled the death a homicide, saying Klusch had been shot twice in the back of the head.

Matthew Bailey, an employee of the victim, told authorities that he dropped Klusch off at his home just before Klusch was reported missing.

Now the widow of the victim, Leah Klusch has filed a one-million dollar wrongful death suit against Bailey and other unnamed defendants.

Although no one has been charged with the murder of Klusch, the civil lawsuit alleges that Bailey shot Gerald Klusch in Columbiana county on September 29, 2011.

The suit calls Bailey's  conduct either intentional battery done with malice, or a negligent act.

Klusch's family issued a statement saying, "September 29th 2013 was the second anniversary of the brutal murder of Gerald Klusch. We dearly miss and grieve the loss of our husband, father, grandfather and friend. The anniversary is made more painful by the reminder that his killer is free and walks the streets."

The family statement points out that the civil lawsuit is not a substitute for the ongoing criminal investigation conducted by the Columbiana County Sheriff's office and criminal prosecution conducted by the Columbiana County Prosecutor.

The family is still offering a $20,000 reward for new information leading to an arrest and conviction of those responsible for the murder.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Lieutenant Sweeney at (330) 424-7255.

You can find more information at this link.

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