Hartley Road body identified

LISBON – The man found dead on a service road off Hartley Road Saturday has been identified as Matthew Bailey.

Bailey is the man Leah Klusch recently claimed killed her husband Gerald Klusch in a civil lawsuit she filed in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court. No criminal charges were ever filed against any person regarding Klusch’s murder.

Sheriff Ray Stone said Bailey was positively identified Monday afternoon by coroners investigators working with the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation. The cause of death is believed to be blunt force trauma, Stone said.

Gerald G. Klusch, who owned farmland and lived on U.S. Route 30, just west of Lisbon, disappeared on Sept. 29, 2011.

Klusch’s pickup was found later on Beacon Light Road with blood in the truck bed. His body was found on Nov. 18, 2011 on a wooded hillside off Hazel Run Road near the intersection with Clarks Mill Road outside of Salineville.

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