YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Newspaper carrier Betty Lynch said she noticed the door open at a house on Oakwood Ave. on Youngstown’s west side the other day but initially didn’t think anything was wrong.
“I thought maybe they went away or something,” Lynch said. “Well today I went over there and I seen that the house is still open, so i called police.”
Lynch, who’s been delivering papers in the neighborhood for about a year, said at shortly after 5 in the morning, there was no car in the driveway, and no one seemed to be around.
“The screen door was shut and the door was open. The lights were all on on the bottom floor,” Lynch said.
“When the officers arrived, they got permission to enter,” Youngstown Police Captain Brad Blackburn said. “No one was responding, and they found an elderly male inside.
Police said the 84-year-old victim, whose name hasn’t been released, had been dead for at least a day and had multiple blunt injuries to the back of his head
Hours later, as the victim was being taken to the coroner’s office for an autopsy, officers found his car a few blocks away in Calvary Cemetery. It was covered with snow on it and may have been here for some time.
Detectives said neighbors reported seeing the car leave late Monday night and never return. A daughter who stayed at the house from time to time had left earlier Monday, according to police.
“If anybody has information about the victim’s whereabouts, or who may have been here with the victim, just please come forward and contact us,” Blackburn said.
Investigators said they don’t have a motive or any suspects.