Police in Ohio have made an arrest after discovering a body encased in concrete in the backyard of a Massillon home.
The Canton Repository reported that Massillon police made the grisly discovery Friday while searching for Nicholas A. Stein, who was reported missing on February 9, 2017. A tip reportedly indicated that the man was last seen alive at the house where the remains were unearthed.
The Stark County Coroner’s Office said the remains appear to have been encased in concrete in a locked storage box located in the backyard, according to WJW.
Police reportedly arrested Carl A. Spencer, 27, of Marlboro Township, Friday in connection with Stein’s death. While an autopsy has not yet been conducted, The Repository reported that police believe the victim was assaulted and pushed down a flight of stairs.
An arrest warrant indicated that Kristen Lain, 28, reported the victim missing. She was living at the Massillon home along with Spencer and Bryan Gentry when Stein disappeared.
Gentry reportedly told police that he, Lain, and Stein were involved a sexual relationship when Stein expressed interest in having an exclusive relationship with Lain. Lain ultimately declined and asked Stein to leave but Gentry recalled last seeing him in the home when he and Lain went to bed, the warrant said.
Spencer, who was supposedly in the home at the time, allegedly told police that Stein had left the home upset but returned and went to sleep on a couch in the same room as him. However, Spencer claimed that Stein was gone when he woke up at 6 a.m., according to the local paper.
However, documents stated Lain told police last month that she believed Spencer had “threw (Stein) down the basement steps, killing him.” She allegedly claimed that she witnessed Spencer pull up the steps and burn them in the backyard the next day.
According to local newspaper The Independent, a rental company confirmed that Spencer rented excavating equipment last February.
Considered a person of interest, Gentry has been incarcerated since last year for receiving stolen property. Meanwhile, authorities reportedly filed a child endangering charge against Lain last week.
Spencer was arraigned Monday on a murder charge. He remains jailed on a $5 million bond.
[Featured Image: Carl Spencer/Stark County Sheriff’s Office]