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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

[OH] Deputy Urban kills wife Kathleen and himself

Wife was smothered, is coroner's best guess Autopsy on deputy's mate not definitive
Columbus Dispatch, OH
By John Futty
Wednesday, December 3, 2008 3:04 AM

The Franklin County coroner suspects that a deputy sheriff suffocated his wife before fatally shooting himself at their Grove City home.

"It is quite possible she was smothered," Brad Lewis said after autopsies were performed yesterday. "That can be a subtle diagnosis, so we won't make any official ruling as to cause or manner of death until toxicology and (microscopic testing) are done."

Grove City police were called Sunday to the home of Wayne and Kathleen Urban at 4153 Haughn Rd. by a neighbor who found a note from Mr. Urban on his car.

In the note, Mr. Urban said he "made a mistake" and described where his body and his wife's body were located. Police found Mrs. Urban dead in a bedroom and Mr. Urban's body in the garage.

Mr. Urban, 65, died of a single gunshot to the head, which "was consistent with a self-inflicted wound," Lewis said. Urban was hired as a deputy in November 1999 and worked in the Franklin County jail.

Investigators found no visible signs of traumatic injury to Mrs. Urban, 61, yet the autopsy didn't reveal any natural cause of death, Lewis said.

Toxicology tests are conducted to determine the presence of drugs or alcohol in the body. Microscopic, or histology, testing examines cells and tissue and can detect signs of suffocation, such as hemorrhaging, not visible to the naked eye, the coroner said.

He estimated that the test results will be available in three weeks.

Police said there was no record of domestic problems between Mr. and Mrs. Urban, who had owned their Grove City home for 32 years. [LINK]

Neighbors puzzled by couple's death
Columbus Local News: Grove City News
By Kristin Campbell
Wednesday, December 3, 2008 2:06 PM EST
...[Neighbor David] Brokaw, who has lived next door to the Urbans for 37 years, and said he can't understand how this tragedy could have occurred. "They were great neighbors," he said. "It just mystifies me. I can't wrap my head around it." Brokaw said Kathy was outgoing and knew practically everyone in Grove City. He said Wayne was more reserved, but was friendly and responsible... "The motive at this point in time has not been determined," Grove City Police Captain Steve Robinette said. Meanwhile, investigation continues , with detectives attempting to leave no question unasked. "The first day or so was spent collecting evidence at the scene," Robinette said. "Now the investigators are speaking to family, friends and associates and poring over the evidence, trying to get a perspective of these folks' lives and how it ended up the way that it did"... [Link]


  1. Thank you for updating this report.

    I remember hearing of this family several years ago when one of their sons, Michael, died. His death was ruled suicide, however, Mr and Mrs Urban questioned the determination.

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    Published in The Columbus Dispatch from 12/6/2008 - 12/7/2008
    The Columbus Dispatch obituaries

    Wayne Urban and Kathy Urban
    URBAN Wayne Urban, age 65, and Kathy Urban, age 61, passed away suddenly on November 30, 2008. Wayne is preceded in death by his father Norman Urban and Kathy is preceded in death by both parents Raymond and Rachel Stinson. Both are preceded in death by son Michael Urban. Wayne and Kathy are survived by son, Eric Urban of Bozeman, Montana. Wayne is also survived by mother, Shirley Browne; and brother, Ken (Helena) Urban; and sister, Donna Behjatnia. A memorial service will be held on Monday, December 8 at 1 p.m. at the Grove City United Methodist Church, 2684 Columbus Street with Pastor Dennis Miller officiating. Family will receive friends from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Grove City United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, the American Cancer Society, 870 Michigan Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215, or the American Lung Association, 1950 Arlingate Lane, Columbus, OH 43228.Arrangements by SCHOEDINGER-NORRIS FUNERAL CHAPEL. Online condolences may be made by visiting

  3. Kathy Urban
    Name: John Price
    City: Orient
    State/Province: Ohio
    Zip/Postal Code: 43146
    Email Address:
    Relation: acq.
    Tribute: Eric- Very sorry of the loss of your parents. I do the Farmers Mkt in town and always looked forward to visiting with your mother. She has been stopping by for 15 years and truly was one we always looked forward to visiting with. Was always my first customer every fall when I would open 665 to sell pumpkins. she will be truly missed.


    Schoedinger Funeral and Cremation Service
    Kathy Urban

    Date Time
    Monday, December 8, 2008 11 am-1 pm

    Visitation Location
    Grove City United Methodist Church, 2684 Columbus Street, Grove City, Ohio 43123

    Date Time
    Monday, December 8, 2008 1 pm

    Service Location
    Grove City United Methodist Church, 2684 Columbus Street, Grove City, Ohio 43123

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