News Release 07/16/2021 – Celina Police Department
Statement concerning Tre’ Billger death
On February 21, 2020 26 year old Tre Billger was reported missing from Celina. On March 17, 2020 his body was found in Grand Lake at the west bank in Celina. In the course of that nearly one month period of time many reports – mainly theories, rumors and innuendo were reported to the Celina Police Department about what may have happened to Mr. Billger. Each of these were followed up on and thoroughly investigated.
Celina P.D. detectives were able to retrace much of Mr. Billger’s activities that day. Detectives continued to follow up on more of these reports until the autopsy report came in on May 12, 2020. The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office determines that he died by drowning in the lake with a factor of methamphetamine intoxication included on the report. There were no other significant injuries which would have contributed to his death. All of these theories and reported assaults are completely debunked.
To this day people continue to torment Tre Billger’s family with these rumors, theories and outright lies as to the cause and manner of Tre’s death. Some are trying to use these to garner favor and get out of jail and others either to get attention for themselves or to simply continue drama and torment Tre’s family. We ask people to have some humanity about them and please stop.
At this point the death has been ruled an accidental drowning. There is no evidence whatsoever to suggest otherwise. We do welcome any truthful, credible information which would show anything else.
Below is a synopsis of the case.
On February 21, 2020 Deliha Kramer files a missing person’s report with the Celina Police Department. She reports that her son, Tre Billger, was last seen around 2150 hrs, the night of February 18, 2020. He was seen getting into a white Ford truck, with extended cab. When she asked where he was going he told her he was going to get cigarettes and he would be right back.
Deliha explained to the officer that she has concerns for his safety because of comments he had made a few days earlier about being better off dead. Deliha told the officer that she was unsure if it was Schizophrenia or because of his drug usage.
On February 24, 2020 Tre’s father Shawn Billger reports concerns of foul play, because of social media posts and messages he’s been receiving about Tre’s welfare.
Officer obtained Tre’s phone records and received assistance from the FBI in determining Tre’s whereabouts from the night of February 18, 2020. It was determined that Tre’s phone activity showed him leaving his mother’s house, which is located at 516 E. Wayne St. Celina, Ohio, around 2155 hrs. He then returns to the residence around 2215 hrs. He remained at the house until 0520 hrs on February 19, 2020. He then leaves the house and has activity in the area of Logan St. and South Main St. around 0600 hrs to 0800 hrs.
On March 16, 2020 Detectives obtained access to Tre’s Facebook Messenger. Communications between Tre and Jordan Cummins on the date of February 19, 2020 around 0500 hrs. The communications pertained to a drug transaction for the sale of marijuana. Around 0512 hrs Tre tells Jordan he was on his way. Around 0533 hrs. Tre says he’s there.
On March 17, 2020 Detectives interviewed Jordan Cummins, who lived in an apartment on Westbank Rd at that time and he admitted to buying marijuana from Tre. He reported that Tre stayed at his house for about an hour. They smoked a marijuana cigarette and spoke about Tre going to rehab. Tre later left the apartment.
On March 17, 2020 around 1902 hrs Tre’s body was recovered from Grand Lake near the Celina Light House. His body was later transported to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy.
On May 12, 2020 the autopsy report was received. The Montgomery County Coroner reported the cause of death was accidental drowning. Other significant conditions contributing to his death, but not resulting in the underlying cause was listed as Methamphetamine intoxication. The toxicology report also listed marijuana. No apparent significant trauma was found on the body.
On May 13, 2020 Detectives met with Tre Billger’s family members and provided them with findings of this investigation. His father, Shawn Billger, has also had multiple conversations with detectives since then. The full report has been released to the family and media sources which requested it.
Through the course of the investigation the Celina Police Department received numerous reports that Tre had been shot, stabbed, beaten, overdosed and other theories. The Montgomery County Coroner’s report refutes these allegations.