November 24, 2014

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Police: Team digging up backyard looking for evidence of bodies

MANSFIELD — Police were digging Friday in the backyard of a home where two northeast Ohio people were allegedly killed about eight years ago, a detective said.

The search team also was at the site Thursday, when police recovered bits of clothing, fingernails and long blond hair, the Mansfield News Journal reported.

“We did a search warrant here in 1999 for the possible murder of the two people,” said Detective John Wendling. “We found small fragments of evidence at the time. Recently, we talked with some individuals connected with that case. These people didn’t know each other but they gave the same information.”

Wendling said the search team may never find the bodies.

“There are certain substances you can use to eliminate the bones and I think we found samples of that substance,” he said.

The team used dogs in the search and dismantled a deck.

Wendling said the dogs targeted the areas where informants recently said bodies might be buried. Items unearthed will be sent to the University of Tennessee for analysis, he said.

Police have one local suspect, Wendling said, but he would not release the person’s name.