(3-30-22) The Paulding County Sheriff’s Office discovered the body of a deceased male in Sherman Cemetery on Tuesday afternoon around 2:20pm.

No identification was found with the body. Local authorities have ordered an autopsy and the body has been sent to the Lucas County Coroners Office.

UPDATED – 3-31-22 – Confirmed the identity of the man found in the cemetery as 29-year-old Jared J. Hernandez from Defiance.

Paulding County Sheriff Jason Landers

“Officials did not rule on a cause of death today after the autopsy. They will await the findings of the toxicology testing before coming to a conclusion, which could be several months “We will continue to talk with family, friends and associates of Jared, and follow any leads that come into the office. He did not die at the scene. We need answers as to where and why he died and who put him there.”