COLUMBIANA COUNTY, Ohio — The family of Gerald George Klusch has announced a reward of up to $20,000 for reliable new information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for his death.
Klusch, 71, of 37348 U.S. Route 30 disappeared on or about Sept. 29, 2011. His damaged bloody truck was found the next day. Klusch’s body was recovered in a wooded area Nov. 18 near Salineville.
He was last seen alive by his employee Matt Bailey when Klusch dropped Bailey off at his home on Dungannon Road on Sept. 29.
“We’re hopeful that the reward and news conference will bring forward new information that leads to an arrest and conviction of the person responsible for my husband’s death,” said Leah Klusch, wife of Gerald Klusch.
Information must be provided on or before Sept. 1. The amount of the reward will be determined at the discretion of the Gerald George Klusch Reward Review Committee. The Klusch family also has created a website, www.findjerry.net, to provide updates on the investigation and photographs of Klusch.
The death has been ruled a homicide with the cause of death being two gunshot wounds to the head.
Detective Andy Sweeney with the Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office said, “We urge anyone inside or outside the community to come forward if you have any information regarding Gerald Klusch’s death. Any new lead, whether large, or small – is critically important to our investigation.”
A statement from Gerald’s wife, Leah, said ” We’re hopeful that the reward and news conference will bring forward new information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for my husband’s death.”
Anyone with knowledge related to Klusch’s death is asked to contact Lt. Detective Andy Sweeney of the Detective Bureau of Columbiana County Sheriff’s Department by calling 330-424-7255 or in person.