GAMBIER — A Gambier man found dead Sunday was killed by a single gunshot wound, according to preliminary autopsy findings.
Nick Remillard, 20, was shot in the left cheek, and the bullet went “down through the jugular vein,” Knox County Coroner Dr. Jennifer Ogle said.
Ogle said the fatal shot was fired from a distance of “several inches.”
The autopsy found no other significant injuries, Ogle said. The results of the autopsy should be finalized in six to eight weeks.
Kevin Remillard, 48, the suspect in Nick’s murder, is currently at large. A nationwide warrant on a charge of murder has been issued for Kevin’s arrest.
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office, accompanied by K-9 teams from Ohio Search and Rescue Team, searched several unoccupied residences and a wooded area in Gambier Tuesday. It is unknown if officers located any clues in the search, which included areas along Gaskin Avenue and Ohio 308. Law enforcement vehicles were parked along the cemetery across the street from Nick and Kevin’s residence.
The searches are expected to continue today in surrounding areas, according to Knox County Sheriff David Shaffer.
Shaffer said Tuesday the searches were conducted to eliminate the possibility that Kevin may have committed suicide.
“Officers do not have specific information that the suspect has made threats directed at the general public,” Shaffer said in a press release this morning. “Citizens are encouraged to go about their normal daily activities and report any suspicious activity to law enforcement.”
Nick’s body was discovered in an in-ground swimming pool Sunday at a 400 block Gaskin Avenue residence. Nick and Kevin both lived at the residence and are cousins.
Nick’s body was found eight hours after deputies went out to the residence for a well-being check on Kevin, who left a note in a neighbor’s driveway saying he had “snapped.” Blood was located inside the residence.
A note was found in Kevin’s room in which he admitted to killing someone named Nick, according to sheriff’s reports. Kevin is known to have a .357 caliber pistol.
Kevin is believed to be armed and dangerous and should not be approached.
Kevin is described as a white male standing six feet tall, weighing 180 pounds and often walks with a limp. He has brown hair and blue eyes and is missing some of his upper teeth. Kevin has relatives in Knox County, Licking County and Massachusetts.
“Detectives are in the process of exchanging information and resources with state and federal agencies in an effort to locate Remillard if he is still alive,” Shaffer stated this morning.
Anyone with information should contact the sheriff’s office at 740-397-3333, ext. 1, or call 911.