Police Investigate After Body Found in Salem

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Salem police found a body at 1264 Cedar Ridge Road, Apt. D on Friday afternoon.

They were tipped off by the elderly man who lived there, who was taken to the hospital after attempting suicide.

“We received a call about 4:30 pm of an elderly gentleman attempting suicide,” said Chief JT Panezott, of the Salem Police Department. “During the call, they found out that his wife was deceased.”

The man was transported to Salem Community Hospital.

The victim’s body was taken to the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy, and on Sunday,the victim was identified as 72-year-old Barbara Coe.

The victim’s husband was identified as Thomas Coe, 83, a former county attorney who served as city law director in the 1960s.

The cause of death has not yet been determined.

Neighbors were shocked to hear about the incident. They said they’ve never heard or seen the couple argue or fight.

“They’re really an older couple, and, I know that one or both of them weren’t well,” said one neighbor.

While some neighbors are speculating on what might have happened in the home, others are concerned because they still don’t know the details of exactly what happened.

“I just wanted to know certain things. I’d like to know if the old man is responsible or if somebody’s out there going around our neighborhood,” said another neighbor.

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