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Coroner: Youngstown homicide victim drowned

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The Mahoning County Corner's office has determined that a 55-year-old homeless man drowned in Youngstown, but the death has been ruled a homicide.

The body of James Robert Syster was found face down in a puddle along a wooded area near Front and Hazel Streets on Wednesday.

Deputy Coroner and Forensic Pathologist, Dr. Joseph Ohr tells 21 News that evidence suggests that Syster was knocked unconscious during a fight with someone else, and drowned in the water.

Youngstown police have arrested 30-year-old Jayjuane Hardy in connection with the death.  Hardy has been booked into the Mahoning County jail on a charge of aggravated murder.

Hardy is expected to be arraigned in Youngstown Municipal Court next week.





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