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Norwalk mother struggling with answers regarding 17-year-old son’s death Staff




A Norwalk mother is struggling with answers regarding the death of her 17-year-old son.

Back in November, the Huron County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that they had located the body of Damian G. Henning, 17, under the High Level Bridge near the Maumee River in Toledo.

The sheriff said Henning was last seen leaving his workplace, Kalahari in Sandusky, around 2 p.m. on Sunday.

The Lucas County Coroner determined that Henning died from extensive internal blunt force injuries after jumping from a bridge in what was likely a suicide.

“I will NOT sit quietly! I do NOT care that it is the holiday seasons. I want answers and I want change. If my son committed suicide then prove it! If he did not and something happened to him then prove it!,” Henning’s mother, Bonnie Jackson, said in a viral Facebook post.

“Show proof how my son drove on his own to Toledo without GPS, when he has never driven there before. Show me proof that you know he went there by himself. Show me where all his missing belongings are at? Explain why his seat was in the wrong position? Explain why fingerprinting was not done on his car for a definitive answer.”

Henning’s vehicle, a 2002 yellow Ford Mustang, was also found by authorities near the bridge.

“I will NOT accept his case to be finalized by an assumption!!!! I will not let them just sweep him under the rug! He was and IS my life.
I will be loud! I will make noise! I will not stop until I get his case proven, regardless of which way the cards fall. I will not stop until it is a law requiring employers to contact parents for an unexcused absent of a minor at work! I will not stop until I go to that bridge and see cameras mounted and functional! I will not stop until all deaths of minors are treated as a crime scene!”

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    Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    I was completely bothered how the detectives in Toledo just assumed suicide with no proof!! No investigation nothing!!! My heart is with his mother!!!

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      Deane Sharpe

      Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 1:31 am

      I don’t know why there wasn’t more interest in what kind of pressure this kid may have been under that he felt this was the only way out. Somebody knows and should come forward unless they are covering for some one. What reason would this kid have to meet up with someone in Toledo that would throw him off the bridge. He didn’t have gps so how did he get to Toledo? Easy I was doing it years ago hitching rides. I admit there is much more to be learned but maybe following a different direction, which may be happening as we speak!

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    Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    U go Bonnie, I would do the same things!

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    Friday, January 3, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    Keep up the fight momma. If this was my son, I’d want answers too. Prayers to your during this difficult time.

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