Highland County Sheriff Donnie Barrera reports that on Feb. 28 at approximately 12:48 p.m., the Highland County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a local farmer stating that there was a body lying in an entrance to one of his fields.

Barrera said the body was found in the New Market Township area, south of Hillsboro.


Deputies arrived at the scene and found a deceased male. The victim has been identified as Dakota Spurlock, 24, of Clermont County.

Detectives and BCI&I were called to the scene to investigate. Once BCI&I arrived, it was found that the male victim had been shot. The Highland County coroner was called to the scene, and the body was transported to the Montgomery County Morgue.

This case remains under investigation.

If you have information pertaining to this incident, you are urged to contact the Highland County Sheriff’s Office at (937) 393-1421. If you wish to remain anonymous, please leave information at tip411.