November 29, 2014

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Man found dead after apartment fire identified

An Elyria firefighter shovels debris from the window of an apartment Tuesday following a fire Monday night.

An Elyria firefighter shovels debris from the window of an apartment Tuesday following a fire Monday night. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

ELYRIA — Elyria police and the Lorain County coroner’s office have identified the man who was found dead after a house fire on Monday evening as Franklin Cory, 62, of Elyria.

Cory’s body was found after a fire broke out in his second-floor unit of a quadplex on 341 East River St. about 11 p.m. Monday.

Police ruled Cory’s death suspicious and Lorain County Coroner Stephen Evans completed an autopsy to determine Cory’s cause of death Wednesday.

However, Evans and police are not releasing the autopsy’s results until police can investigate further, according to Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino.

Costantino said that Cory lived in the apartment for three years. According to neighbors, the 62-year-old was a quiet man who kept to himself and could often be seen walking his dog around the neighborhood.

However neighbors said that the quadplex in which Cory lived is a loud building and the site of a lot of late night activity.

Cory himself had a short criminal history in Grafton, where he was charged with breaking and entering, possessing criminal tools, criminal trespassing and theft for an incident on July 29, 2009.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.


  • Kim Thomas

    I really wondered if the man had a criminal report….Oh and his name too. Geeze Chronicle. So tacky. You do it every time.

  • 1master

    Wow CT. A mans death is suspicious and your choice is to post the victims criminal record when they cannot defend themselves. Real classy.

    • KleenDroid

      I agree, not classy at all.

  • Bob Sweatt

    The criminal history maybe irrelevant. It may have something to with the case. Plus you can’t fault the journalist for doing there job.

    • KleenDroid

      Trust me when I say that it had nothing to do with the case. But I guess it ads more oooh and aaah to the story.

  • Allen Brian Phillips

    And anything about the dog mentioned?

    • KleenDroid

      The dog has been with family and is unharmed. The dog meant everything to him.