SALEM - An on-again, off-again relationship ended Wednesday with 32-year-old Samantha L. Shasteen dead in her Oak Street home and Mason M. Feisel, 34, charged with her murder.
Salem Police Detective Dave Talbert said he would rather not go into detail about what Feisel said when he interviewed him, but announced late Wednesday afternoon that he was arresting him on an accusation of homicide.
Feisel, whose address was listed as 236 Afton Ave., Boardman, was taken to the county jail, where he will await an initial appearance in county Municipal Court.
An autopsy was expected to be performed this morning at the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office.
Columbiana County Coroner Dr. William Graham Jr. and investigator Sunny Bowers were at the scene at 2107 Oak St., just west of Southeast Boulevard, but issued no cause of death or manner of death pending the autopsy. Graham said he suspects some type of head injury.
He said he estimated death occurred sometime Tuesday evening.
Salem Police Chief J.T. Panezott said the department received a 911 call at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday asking for police and an ambulance to respond to the address on Oak Street, where they found a man who said his daughter needed help.
Shasteen was found dead in the bathroom. She lived at the residence with her 4-year-old daughter. The daughter had spent the night with her grandparents.
Shasteen's father told police that when he arrived, a man he knew was in the garage and when he came back out of the residence, the man was gone.
Panezott said the father gave police a description of the man, who was wearing black shorts and no shirt, and they started searching the neighboring yards. Lt. Charles Shafer found the man under a tree in a yard two doors down, with cuts to both arms and his neck.
"As we approached him, it appeared he was cutting himself in the neck," Panezott said, noting he was using a piece of glass covered in blood.
The man was identified as Feisel and the cuts appeared self-inflicted. He was taken into protective custody after initially refusing commands to get on his stomach several times, then was transported to Salem Community Hospital, where he was evaluated, treated for his injuries while accompanied by police and later released. He was placed under arrest at the hospital immediately after his release.
Panezott said the department had not been called to the residence before.
Next-door neighbor Ileana Briceland said they had never seen anything unusual going on at the home and had just seen the couple Tuesday.
Panezott said he had not be briefed on why her father went to the house to check on her at about 7:30 a.m.
He said that Shasteen's employer, Devin Bennett of Clarencedale Cake in Boardman, called Salem Police at 9:47 a.m. because she didn't show up for work as scheduled at 6 a.m. and they became concerned. He had also called Boardman Police.
Shasteen was a cake decorator, and it was unlike her to miss work or be late, co-workers told police.
The shop closed for the day and workers said they are not taking any new orders. Employees said they will sell special cupcakes in Shasteen's honor next week and will give the proceeds to her surviving daughter.
According to Talbert, Feisel worked as a chef at a Canfield restaurant.
Panezott said they'll continue interviewing people for the investigation, which they had been treating as a homicide even before the arrest was made.
"Our prayers go out to the family," he said.
Greier writes for the Salem News. WYTV 33 News contributed to this story.