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Officials Investigate Death of Ashley Man

Updated with Sheriff Len Campbell’s comments and more details from the coroner, including victim’s name:

Authorities are looking into the death of an Ashley resident whose body was found over the weekend.

The body of 71-year-old David G. Woodrome was discovered by a friend who had come to visit him because he had not been seen at the local business he had been frequented in more than three days. He was pronounced dead at 1:32 p.m. by the coroner’s office.

Washington County Coroner Mark Styninger said in a Facebook post: “At 1:10 p.m. on Sunday, February 9, 2020, our office was dispatched to a residence on White St. on the south side of Ashley where the body of the male resident was found. An autopsy is planned for Tuesday at St. Elizabeth Hospital in O’Fallon. An Illinois State Police Crime Scene Investigator was sent to the scene at the request of the Washington County Sheriff’s Department and Coroner. The case is being investigated as a suspicious death. No further information will be made available until after the autopsy has been completed.”

Styninger said the autopsy confirmed that Woodrome had died of a homicide.

Sheriff Len Campbell confirmed Tuesday morning that the death investigation is being looked at as a homicide but could not comment on any further details until after the coroner’s report was complete.

Authorities also stated that no arrests and no suspects have been named at this time.

The crime is being investigated by both the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Illinois State Police.

The Nashville News will continue to update this post as more information becomes available.




  1. Melissa on February 12, 2020 at 9:01 am

    Woody was a gentle soul who did not deserve for his life to end in so much hate. I pray the person responsible is caught and punished.

    Also, someone should really proofread these articles before they go out to the public. How can an established newspaper have so many mistakes in the age of auto correct?

  2. JK on February 11, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    Woody was a gentle soul who did not deserve such a violent ending. He never bothered anyone and barely even left his house (other than to walk to Popeck’s). I hope the feds get involved in the investigation because his murder was almost certainly a hate crime. Harming people because they are perceived as different has no place in the year 2020.

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