Late in the evening on Friday, October 30, 1987, three people are murdered by at least one gunshot to the head in a house located at 2188 Consolidated Road, in Eaton, Ohio.
The names of the murdered individuals are David Smelser, Melinda Newcomb, and Donnie Marker. The bodies were not found until the following Monday, 3 days later, at approximately 5:30 p.m.
In this episode of Zone 7, Crime Scene Investigator, Sheryl McCollum, talks with guest Greg Noble, a seasoned attorney, and former prosecutor, as they dive into the cold case of the 1987 Preble County triple homicide. As they navigate through the rural landscapes of Ohio and the mysterious Poos family cabin, they shed light on the victims’ backgrounds, the lack of motive, and the alarming blood evidence.
Sheryl and Greg’s exploration of this cold case is not only a window into the past but also an urgent call for community involvement and the pursuit of justice.
About the ‘Zone 7’ Host
Sheryl “Mac” McCollum is an Emmy Award-winning CSI, a writer for CrimeOnline, a forensic and crime scene expert for “Crime Stories with Nancy Grace,” and a CSI for a metro-area Atlanta Police Department. She is the co-author of the textbook, “Cold Case: Pathways to Justice.”
McCollum is also the founder and director of the Cold Case Investigative Research Institute, a collaboration between universities and colleges that brings researchers, practitioners, students, and the criminal justice community. They come together to advance techniques in solving cold cases and assist families and law enforcement with solvability factors for unsolved homicides, missing persons, and kidnapping cases.
You can connect and learn more about McCollum’s work by visiting the CCIRI website https://coldcasecrimes.org
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