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Cold-case effort focuses on southeastern OH case

LOGAN, Ohio (AP) — Authorities are asking for help solving the cold-case slaying of a well-liked greenhouse owner in southeastern Ohio three years ago.

The new focus on the beating death of Robert "Mike" Yoder outside his Hocking County home in April 2010 is part of Ohio's renewed efforts to bring attention to the state's unsolved slayings.

The Hocking County Sheriff's Office announced a new $5,000 reward Wednesday for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever is responsible.

The 56-year-old Yoder, who owned a greenhouse in Chillicothe, was found dead outside his home with massive trauma to his head. Investigators believe robbery or burglary was the motive.

The Ohio Unsolved Homicides Initiative was developed in September to create a statewide database of about 5,000 unsolved killings in the state.

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