Officer Marty Eberhart says the body of 36-year old John P. Smith of North Canton was found Friday in the Conotton Creek on Somerdale Road.
Eberhart says Barberton Detectives were investigating a murder that had occurred on W. Turkeyfoot Lake Road in Summit County when their attention turned to the Somerdale area.
Eberhart says 52-year old John Yanik of Barberton has been charged with murder. He says 46-year old Stephen Batdorf of Akron, 46-year old Paul Wright of Akron and 22-year old Trisha Copley of Barberton have been charged with Tampering with Evidence. All four are being held in the Summit County Jail on $250,000 bond.
Barberton Police were assisted by agents from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation and the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office in recovered Smith’s body.
Eberhart says the investigation is ongoing and no further information is available at this time.