Coroner says missing Warren man was killed

BRISTOLVILLE, Ohio (WYTV) – The Trumbull County Coroner’s Office said it’s investigating the death of 22-year-old Brandon Sample as a homicide.

His body was found on private property near the Ohio Department of Natural Resource’s Grand River Target Range in Bristolville.

The coroner’s report, released Tuesday, says Sample died of a gunshot wound to the head.

The Warren Police Department isn’t releasing much information at this point. Police did say they are continuing to follow up on some leads.

Sample was reported missing by his family last week.

Sample was last seen on June 11. His family said he told them that he was going to drop his friend off at his house in Akron around 12:15 p.m. that day, but he never returned.

Niles police found Sample’s white Chevy Malibu abandoned in the woods off the bike path.

Warren Detective John Greaver said they found no evidence in the car that told them who was in it or why it ended up there.

Two days later, his parents said they hadn’t heard from him.

“Even if something happened to his phone, he would eventually contact us,” Sample’s father, Kenneth, said at the time.

His body was found Thursday by Warren detectives, who were following up on information they received.

The Samples said Brandon was dealing with depression and anxiety in addition to a pain medication addiction — something he recently asked them for help to overcome.