Murder charges approved against man arrested in Miami County homicide

(Photo: Mike Ullery/Piqua Daily Call)

MIAMI COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – A fatal crash in Miami County has turned into a homicide investigation.

Our partners at the Piqua Daily Call, the crash happened just after 3:00 p.m. Friday at Ohio 55 and Ellenman Road. Deputies found a vehicle off the roadway in shallow water of a creek.

The victim, 52-year-old Samantha Freels of Union Township, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Miami County Sheriff Dave Duchak says upon further investigation deputies discovered that the victim had what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the chest.

Randy Freels (Photo: Miami County Jail)

The victim’s husband, Randy Albert Freels, was taken into custody Friday night as a person of interest. The Miami County Prosector has approved murder charges against Freels.

The victim’s remains were taken to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office where an autopsy is pending.

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