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BOARDMAN TOWNSHIP, Ohio - The suspicious death of a man whose body was found inside his Boardman Township home has been ruled a homicide.

Mahoning County forensic pathologist, Dr. Joseph Ohr ruled the death of Chris Craft, 48, a homicide.  He said the preliminary cause of death was blunt force trauma to the right side of the head, which resulted in injuries to the front part of the brain. Dr. Ohr added there may have been some grabbing of the throat. The autopsy shows someone carved out a section of Craft's face after he died.

"Clearly at the edges of the wound, there was a jagged incision that went around the wound, like so, and up through the lips, like so. And, it's clear that tissue had been removed. There are very few reasons to do that to a person except to cover up a crime,' said Dr. Ohr.

A man who identified himself as a friend of Craft's told investigators he found Craft's body inside the home at 1736 Alverne Drive Sunday afternoon.

"We received a 911 call Sunday afternoon that stated a male had committed suicide," said Sgt. Rick Balog, Boardman Police Department.

Officials said the body was seated at a computer and items around the computer were undisturbed.  After searching the home, detectives said there was no gun, no shell casings, no knife, and no weapon found.

Police say the man who reported finding the body is being considered a person of interest, and is being questioned.

Investigators have confiscated the computer from the home, as well as cell phones belonging to the victim and the person of interest, who has not yet been named by police.

Police believe that Craft died sometime between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Sunday.



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