Youngstown police say they have tentative ID of dismembered body

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Police say they have a possible identification of the dismembered body found by city employees on Youngstown’s south side Thursday afternoon.

Officers think they know who the man is but they aren’t releasing any names yet.

While they were checking manhole covers, the wastewater workers found the dismembered body down an embankment at the corner of Erie Street and Earle Avenue around 1:30 p.m.

Police said they check the covers about once a month and it’s hard to tell how long the remains had been down there.

“It does look like it’s been there for some time but I can’t give you a timeframe on that,” said Youngstown Police Lt. Doug Bobovnyik.

He couldn’t say which parts of the body were found, only that there were multiple parts.

The Cuyahoga County Coroner will work on identifying the body.

Bobovnyik said there are a number of missing person reports in the city right now.

“We’re going to go through them and see which one may be a candidate for this.”

Police said they likely won’t be able to say much more until this person can be identified. That could take the coroner a few days to figure out.

Friday, police returned to the scene, searching for more evidence.

It appears to be the third homicide within three days in the city.