WARREN TOWNSHIP - Police are treating the discovery of the body of a 71-year-old man at his Kincaid East Road residence on Thursday as a homicide. An autopsy is scheduled for today.
Township police Lt. Don Bishop said evidence gathered at the house at 4464 Kincaid East Road N.W. led investigators to suspect foul play. However, he would not elaborate. He said he did not want to speculate on how or when the man died.
"We have an idea of what we're dealing with here but we really can't say anything for sure until the autopsy is done," he said. "Let's just say we have reason to believe this was a homicide and that's how we're investigating it at this point and until we know for sure otherwise."
Bishop said police were not planning to release the man's name until family members had an opportunity to notify other relatives.
The Trumbull County Auditor's Office website lists the homeowner as Milton A. Grumbling III.
Police were called to the house about 12:45 p.m. after a friend, who has not yet been identified, found the body on the living room floor, Bishop said.
Investigators continue to gather evidence at this house at 4464 Kincaid East Road N.W. in Warren Township, where the body of a 71-year-old man was found on Thursday.
Police said they were treating his death as a homicide pending the findings of an autopsy scheduled for today.
"He hadn't heard from him, so he came over to the house to check on him, and that's when he found him," he said.
The man had lived alone, but had been known for helping disadvantaged individuals, especially youth, by taking them into his home for various periods of time, Bishop said. Investigators believe someone had been staying with him recently, he said.
The last known time anyone spoke with the man or saw him was Tuesday, Bishop said. Investigators found bank receipts from Tuesday afternoon at the house, he said.
"So that makes us think there was something going on then," he said.
Kincaid East is a quiet area where many of the houses are set back from the road. A few of the neighbors, who did not want to disclose their names, approached the house Thursday afternoon to ask police what had happened.
A teenage boy walking by with a group of friends acknowledged that the yellow caution tape around the house at 4464 was not something he expected to see in his neighborhood. He also did not want to give his name.
Bishop said he planned to release more information today as the investigation continues and he receives the autopsy findings from the Trumbull County Coroner's Office.
The Trumbull County Homicide Task Force is assisting with the investigation. Bishop said investigators were attempting to talk to anyone who might have information.
If it is ruled a homicide, it would be the township's first of the year. Until 2012, the township had gone 10 years without a homicide.
However, on April 5, a year ago today, 42-year-old Valerie Warren was found shot to death on Seventh-Howard Street near Highland Avenue S.W.
Also in 2012, Jamaul Jones, 28, was shot and left in a field for several days before his body was found July 12 on Dover Avenue S.W.
Neither of those cases has been solved.