Body Found in Backyard of Ohio Home

Bowen Xiao
By Bowen Xiao
February 2, 2018USshare
Body Found in Backyard of Ohio Home
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A body of a man was found buried in the backyard of a home in Massillon, Ohio, on Friday morning, Feb. 2.

The human remains were found at a home located on 8th Street SW.

According to the Repository, an Ohio newspaper, the body appeared to have been beaten to death, a law enforcement official said.

Sources told FOX8 that Massilon Police and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation started searching the home on Thursday.

Police said officers were investigating a case of a man that had been missing since summertime. Authorities received a tip that the missing man was last seen at this house.

The Stark County Coroner office told News 5 Cleveland on Thursday that authorities had received “plausible information” to search the area.

Authorities believed the area was searched in connection with a possible homicide.

As of the time of this publication, the identity of the dead man had not been released.

On Jan. 23, Massillon police went to the same house to serve an arrest warrant. When they arrived on the scene, officers found three children under the age of three who seemed to be neglected, FOX8 reported.

A police report stated that the children were abused and that the living conditions were unsafe and unsanitary.

Stark County Job and Family Services were able to remove all three children from the home.

At the time police also discovered a dog with open wounds that was extremely malnourished. The dog was removed from the home by the humane society.

Massillon detectives were expected to be on route to interview Bryan Gentry, a person of interest in the case. Court records obtained by the Repository show that he lived in the same house at the time.

Gentry was arrested in March 2017 on a charge of receiving stolen property.


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