Struthers PD identifies victim, person of interest in murder case

STRUTHERS, Ohio (WKBN) – Wednesday morning, police said a Struthers man found Tuesday whom they believe to be a muder victim was stabbed multiple times.

Police are also looking for the man’s missing vehicle and plan to release a picture of it around noon.

Authorities have identified a person of interest and the victim but are not releasing either name.

The man, whom police say is a 56-year-old white male, was found dead late Tuesday morning inside his apartment at a low-income, senior living complex.

A maintenance man at Struthers Manor found the resident unresponsive in his third floor apartment and called 911. Neighbors had not seen the man for a couple days.

Struthers Police Det. Jeff Lewis said the death has been ruled a homicide. Earlier in the day, Struthers Police Chief Tim Roddy said the victim was stabbed, but the cause of death has not been determined.

Ohio BCI, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Poland Village police helped Struthers officers investigate the scene.

Police are looking for a person of interest and the victim’s white 1999 Chevy S-10 Blazer, which is missing from the parking lot. Its license plate number is FUT8365.

“We know from everyone around and the fact that it is normally here, and missing, we believe that yes, somehow that is related,” Lewis said.

Some Struthers Manor residents said drugs are a problem at the Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority complex and the victim was caught up in it. They claim YMHA didn’t do enough to prevent something like this from happening.

“Maybe some of this problem could have been averted if you took care of the problem,” Struthers Manor resident Donna Gaetano said.

“We know there is things going on. We can’t prove it ourselves. That’s why YMHA is working on it,” Struthers Manor resident council president Judy Conway said.

YMHA Executive Director Carmelita Douglas said incidents have been reported, but investigations take time.

But Det. Lewis said he was not aware of the department being called to investigate drug activity at Struthers Manor. In addition, there are no security cameras at the complex like there are at other YMHA properties.

Douglas said cameras have already been ordered and they will be installed soon.

YMHA’s director of operations said there were four calls to Struthers Police for service at the complex in 2013 and four calls so far in 2014.

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