The Ohio Division of Wildlife of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources at Portage Lakes continues to investigate the details behind why four deer were dumped on the side of Rex Hill Road in New Franklin.

The deer were found along the road on the morning of Jan. 13, according to New Franklin Detective and Patrolman Nick Bollas, who said the deer were bound with tape and had been cut open in the stomach area.

"We received the first call that morning and sent an officer out to document the deer and to check the area," Bollas said. "We have no reason to believe the deers organs were being harvested."

He added that since this was a wildlife related incident, "We felt it was appropriate to forward the case over to the division of wildlife, who took a report and is investigating it."

According to Jamey Emmert, media pepresentative for the ODNR at Portage Lakes, the investigation is pending.

"There is no news to release on this case and we don’t want to compromise the case by releasing any information about leads we have received," Emmert said.

She expects that the Division of Wildlife will have an update to release "in a few weeks."

" Since it is still an open case, we have nothing new to add," she added.