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"Dead Bodies In Hotel" Sign Turns Out to be Prank

HARRISON TOWNSHIP -- Many Harrison Township folks driving by the Dayton Executive Inn Wednesday saw the sign across the street reading: "Dead Bodies In Hotel."

"I drive up and down this road every morning and yesterday was the first time it said "Dead Bodies In Hotel," said Steve Willis who has worked in the area for 40 years.

The sign was obviously referring to the Dayton Executive Inn. The eyesore right off Interstate 75 that has been left to rot since it closed down in 2007.

"I was shocked," said Willis. "At first I thought it was funny and then I thought well there may be some truth to it."

Thankfully there wasn't. The sign was gone once deputies got there Wednesday, but they spent an hour walking through the danger zone to make sure.

"I think somebody did it to get a rise out of the public, to do it as a joke," said Montgomery County sheriffs office Capt. Jeremy Roy. "But if you do something like that you wind up putting officers lives in danger and it's not funny at all. It's not a joke,"

Detectives are checking nearby businesses for surveillance but right now have no leads.

"You're obviously looking into trespassing charges being on the businesses property tampering with their sign," said Roy. "Another issue is if they were to call it in, they could be charged with making false reports."

The people that live and work in this area say before it said "Dead Bodies in the Hotel" the sign just read "Garage for Sale."

The garage owner doesn't live in the area but workers next door were not surprised by the sign.

"It could be somebody trying to get attention to get the process moving along," said C&D Collision Center manager Craig Requarth. "Doesn't surprise me with the nuisance that's across the street. I think all the neighbors in the area are getting a little frustrated."

"It's a shame they can't get it torn down," said Willis.

The owners of the $2.4 million dollar hotel are more than a million dollars behind in taxes. Right now they are in a fight with Harrison Township. Once the tax foreclosure is finalized  in court, Harrison Township will sell it to a development partner who plans to rebuild it within a year.

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