WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – While reporting Friday on the Thursday night murder of a Warren man, our news crew stumbled upon a potential crucial piece of evidence that could aid police in their investigation.
Police were called to a home in the 1300 block of Bingham Avenue N.W. just before 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Donita Bufano, 85, who is wheelchair bound, heard a disturbance downstairs. She called police and said her son was beaten.
“She had contacted the police and was concerned about the welfare of her son. When the officers arrived in the house, they checked the house and located her son in the basement,” Warren Police Lt. Dan Mason said.
Police found Dominic Bufano, 55, dead from some sort of trauma. No one was at the home when our news crew was there on Friday.
But Trumbull County Bureau Chief Jeff Levkulich made a discovery while at the scene.
“We noticed there is a knife in the side yard,” Levkulich told Warren 911 dispatchers.
It was laying next to the home’s air conditioner. He called police and detectives arrived a few minutes later and retrieved the knife, logging it into evidence as part of the murder investigation.
“We believe a weapon was used, but they are not sure what the weapon was,” Mason said.
Investigators are awaiting an autopsy to determine how Bufano was killed and what he was killed with.