After 37 years, victim called 'Scioto...

After 37 years, victim called 'Scioto John' is identified

There are 6 comments on the The Columbus Dispatch story from Sep 11, 2012, titled After 37 years, victim called 'Scioto John' is identified. In it, The Columbus Dispatch reports that:

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Ros cownty rezdent

Bloomington, IN

#1 Sep 13, 2012
It's Jimmy Hoffa dammit
my thoughts

Chillicothe, OH

#2 Sep 13, 2012
I am thankful that this man has been identified after so many years. It is sad that it took so long for this to happen though. I can't believe that no one made the connection back then.
An Old Vet

Chillicothe, OH

#3 Sep 13, 2012
"Back then" nobody talked to each other. In 1975, I doubt Fred Heinzleman's Sheriff's Department even bothered to do a report. Even if they did, I seriously doubt they would have contacted the VA. Had the Sheriff's Department called, I doubt the VA would have talked to them. Other than a letter to the family done by a lowly clerk a week or two after the veteran left, the VA did not tell anyone about veterans who left the hospital AMA. At a time when the VA had over 2000 Psychiatric inpatinets, loosing a few each day was considered a routine part of doing business. There are many more veterans who walked away from the Chillicothe VA, never to be heard of again. In the VA's defense, the VA is not a prison. The veterans have the right to come and go as the please. They were all adults and the VA had no legal authority make them stay. So the fact that a few have been found dead in the woods, fields & streams surrounding the VA over the years was never the fault of the VA.
Neighbor

Chillicothe, OH

#4 Sep 13, 2012
At one time the VA had its own search and rescue group does it still exist?
Ros cownty rezdent

Springfield, NJ

#5 Sep 13, 2012
Ummmm, it's not Hoffa ?
kim

Ashley, MI

#6 Sep 14, 2012
Sad

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