AG asks for tips in cold case murder

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The state attorney general is asking for tips in the unsolved murder of a Youngstown businessman in 2008.

Investigators are seeking tips about the May 22, 2008 killing of John Cotton, 66.

Police at the time said Cotton was found fatally shot in his auto repair shop, Cotton’s Automotive Repair Shop, on McGuffey Road, a few miles from his home.

Cotton left the shop to go to a junk yard on Atkinson Street that morning, the last time anyone saw him alive.

Neighbors noticed Cotton’s truck in front of the business, but when they knocked on the door, no one answered.

Family members said Cotton was a husband of 40 years, a father of two and had worked at General Motors for 30 years before opening his repair shop, according to WKBN archives.

“We urge anyone who knows anything about this case to contact detectives with the Youngstown Police Department,” said Attorney General DeWine.  “There are thousands of unsolved homicides in Ohio, and we want victims’ families to know that we haven’t forgotten about them.”

DeWine made the plea Friday as part of his Ohio Unsolved Homicides Initiative. There are about 5,000 unsolved homicides in the state and the attorney general has collected information in 1,343.

To submit a tip about this case, click here.

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