Police: Foul play is not suspected

NILES – A homeless Niles man was found dead at 639 Mason St. late Sunday.

Police were called to the location where John Defabio, 43, was found by the property owners about 8:45 p.m. in a partially fetal position.

Niles police Capt. Ken Criswell said the death does not look suspicious. The property owners had been allowing Defabio to stay on the property behind a fenced-in area with cement slabs and overgrown weeds, and during inclement weather to sleep inside their dump truck, Criswell said.

Nicholas and Raymond Marchese, who run a construction company from the location, told police of their latest encounters with Defabio, whom they referred to as “JJ.”

Nicholas Marchese said that on Friday he spoke with Defabio and gave him water because of the extreme heat. Criswell said the men told him that Defabio seemed dehydrated and unwell.

On Saturday, the two men went to check on Defabio but could not find him, though his belongings were still there. Sunday when they went to look for him again, they discovered his body.

With him was found a gray AM / FM radio, flashlight, Casio watch without a band and a pocket calendar, according to police.

Trumbull County Coroner Dr. Humphrey Germaniuk said the death appears to have been from natural causes from existing medical conditions, according to Criswell.

There were no signs of trauma, foul play or suicide. Germaniuk’s ruling is pending medical records, which his office is in the process of obtaining from Defabio’s physician.