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Sheriff: Body of Cincinnati man found along I-71 near Columbus

Posted at 2:14 PM, Oct 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-18 21:24:43-04

MADISON COUNTY, Ohio — A body found along Interstate 71 southwest of Columbus has been identified as a Cincinnati man, according to Madison County Sheriff John Swaney.

The body of Rodney Watkins was found along northbound I-71 in Range Township near mile marker 80, Swaney said.

A passerby called authorities after they saw the body along the highway at about 3:09 a.m. Thursday.

First responders transported Watkins to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy.

Authorities are asking anyone in the area between 2 and 3:10 a.m. to call the Madison County Sheriff’s Office at 740-852-1332.

Watkins’ death is being investigated as a homicide.