4 killed in Butler Twp.: Details emerge of person of interest killed in Dayton area


August 6 – The person of interest named by police on Friday in the murder of four people in a Butler Twp. neighborhood grew up in the Dayton area.

Stephen A. Marlow, 38, was named by Butler Twp as a person of interest in the deaths. Police Chief John Porter. He is described as a 5-foot 11,160-pound white male with short brown hair. He was last seen in shorts and a yellow T-shirt, and Porter said he may have been driving a white 2007 Ford Edge SUV with the Ohio license plate JES-9806.

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He is considered armed and dangerous.

Marlow graduated from Butler High School in 2001 and attended the University of Kentucky at Lexington, according to a background check obtained by the Dayton Daily News.

He lived and worked in Chicago for many years, but also had connections with a Butler Twp. His parents’ home on Haverstraw Avenue, one of the streets where part of the shooting took place, police said.

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Two houses were surrounded by crime scene tape near the intersection of Hardwicke and Haverstraw. One of the houses, in the 7200 block of Hardwicke, shares part of a back fence with his parents’ homes purchased in 1999, according to county property records.

Marlow was convicted in February 2020 of aggravated burglary and aggravated threat, as a result of a July 2019 incident in Vandalia. He was sentenced to five years of community control, but that probation was ended on Feb. 9, according to Montgomery County Common Pleas Court documents.

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The FBI said Friday that Marlow had connections to Chicago, Lexington and Indianapolis. They asked people to call 937-233-2080, 1-800-Call-FBI or http://tips.fbi.gov with information about Marlow.


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