ARCANUM - On Sunday, at approximately 10 p.m., the Darke County 9-1-1 center received a call regarding a single vehicle accident with injury on State Route 49, near east Alternate State Route 49, outside of Arcanum.
Upon arrival, first responders found that the vehicle’s occupants were hiding in a corn field; they were identified as Trevor Botsford, 26, and Killian Botsford, 26, as well as their two small children, ages 1 and 3. The couple reported they were hiding in the field because they were being followed by another person from Michigan, who was trying to cause them harm.
“These folks came down from Michigan and alleged they were being chased, or followed, that their life was in danger,” Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker noted.
The couple failed to maintain control of their vehicle, with witnesses reporting that the vehicle was backed off of the roadway, and into a ditch.
“We found no evidence, and witnesses didn’t see anything to indicate that there was anyone chasing these folks,” Whittaker said.
Upon questioning, Killian Botsford indicated that there was a bomb in the car; deputies approached the vehicle, observing exposed wires hanging from the dashboard and headliner. Deputies, with assistance from the Arcanum Fire Department, established a safety perimeter, closing State Route 49 and Alternate State Route 49 in the immediate area to both directions of traffic for approximately an hour and 40 minutes.
The Dayton Police Department Bomb Squad was called in to investigate and diffuse the situation. The bomb squad examined the vehicle and determined that there were no explosives present.
“It’s unknown at this time whether they were under the influence, or if they suffered from some mental health condition,” Whittaker stated.
The occupants of the vehicle were transported to Wayne HealthCare to be examined further, and Whittaker reported that a family member from Michigan was called to assist with the family’s return to Michigan.
This incident is still under investigation.