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UPDATE: Officials closing in on solving case of Route 40 hit, run murder

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Officials may be close to solving the case of the hit-and-run on Route 40 near St. Clairsville that killed 31-year-old Jason Cattane on Aug. 8.

A sergeant with the Ohio State Highway Patrol tells 7 News they have received verbal confirmation from the BCI crime lab that DNA testing in the case is complete.

Sgt. Don Britton says they have several more interviews to do and then the case will be wrapped up and sent to the prosecutor's office.

Cattane's body was found along Route 40 near St. Clairsville near the entrance road to Ebbert's Farm Market.  His body was discovered the next morning. 

The Belmont County Sheriff's Department received a call before 6 a.m. on Aug. 8 that a body was lying on the side of the road.

Belmont County deputies and troopers from the St. Clairsville Post said the man had been struck by a motor vehicle and the car had left the scene.

 


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The Ohio State Highway Patrol Thursday said they have seized and impounded a vehicle and questioned a suspect in Wednesday morning's hit and run along US Route 40.

Authorities said a vehicle's side mirror was left at the scene and the vehicle seized has a side mirror missing.

Authorities said forensic evidence from the vehicle and scene have been sent to the lab.

No charges have been filed at this time, but a report will be sent to the prosecutor.

Authorities said contrary to the rumor, the suspect was not identified from a tip from anyone.

They say no one called in any tips in the case, and said physical evidence led them to the suspect.

The body of 31-year-old Jason Cattane was discovered in a ditch along US Route 40 near Ebbert's Farm Market Wednesday at daybreak.

Officials believe he was killed between midnight and 2 a.m.


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The Ohio State Highway Patrol has identified the victim found dead Wednesday morning along U.S. Route 40 in St. Clairsville as 31-year-old Jason Cattane of Bridgeport.

Cattane's family has been notified.  Authorities are continuing to investigate and search for the killer.


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A deadly crime is being investigated in Belmont County.

A man was hit by a vehicle and left to die along the road.

His body was found at daybreak by a passing motorist who called the authorities.

Now the search is on for the driver.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the victim was a man in his early 30s.

Officials say he was walking along the berm of Route 40 where it meets North Ebbert Road.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol believes a driver came along, ran him over and took off.

They say they gathered some evidence from the road that may lead them to the killer.

But in the meantime they need the public's help, and they're asking everyone a specific question.

"We're processing some evidence at this time, and we would just ask anyone if they saw anything unusual like somebody washing a vehicle late at night in their driveway or a car wash, or somebody stopped on the road looking at their vehicle late at night, that they would give us a call here at the patrol post," said Sgt. Don Britton of the Ohio State Highway Patrol in St. Clairsville. "Any little bit of information could help. We believe, according to what the coroner says, that it probably happened between midnight and 2 a.m."

Investigators believe the victim did not suffer throughout the night.

They think he died immediately after being hit, judging from his injuries.

The body has been taken to East Ohio Regional Hospital.

Troopers are trying to find and notify the dead man's family members.

Anyone with information is urged to call the post at (740) 695-0915.


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The Ohio Highway Patrol is investigating a pedestrian hit-skip crash on U.S. 40, at North Ebbert Road, Township 219A.

The Belmont County Sheriff's Department received a call before 6 a.m. Wednesday that a body was lying on the side of the road.

Belmont County Deputies and troopers from the St. Clairsville Post said the man had been struck by a motor vehicle and the car had left the scene.

A crash reconstructionist and investigators from the Patrol's Cambridge District Headquarters all were on the scene.

The victim's name will not be released until the family is notified.


ORIGINAL STORY

Police in Belmont County are investigating Wednesday morning after a body is found in a ditch on the side of Route 40 near Ebbert's Farm.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, they are handling the call that came in at 5:56 a.m. Wednesday morning.

They say an adult has been found dead on the side of the road. There is no word on the identity of the body, or whether it is a male or female. Police are not releasing a possible cause of death.

Since police are still on scene investigating, not many details are being released as of 8:10 a.m., but 7News does have a crew on the scene and we will continue to update you on WTRF.com and on 7News at Noon.