Investigation into death of missing Springfield man ongoing

Human remains found in a duffel bag that was pulled out of a creek near Interstate 70 in October were identified as a Springfield man who was been missing since February 2020.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal investigation confirmed the remains were David Eugene Sisler, a Clark County Coroner’s Office investigator said. Additional testing of the remains is ongoing. Details on when and how Sisler died were not available.

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“The incident involving David Sisler remains an open investigation,” Springfield Community Information Coordinator Valerie Lough said in an email. “The Springfield Police Division has no additional information for public release at this time.”

On Oct. 8 an anonymous caller to Springfield police reported they found skeletal remains inside a duffel bag near I-70 and state Route 72, according to police records.

The caller said they were searching for items in a creek when they pulled a gray duffel bag from the water. When they opened it, they reportedly saw a skull and other bones inside.

Sisler was reported missing on Feb. 24, 2021. According to police, all of his belongs were left at his residence, including a bicycle he was known to ride.

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