Coroner: Man's body suspected in cement-filled barrel found in Massillon backyard

Massillon police searching backyard of home. (Source: WOIO)
Massillon police searching backyard of home. (Source: WOIO)

MASSILLON, OH (WOIO) - Authorities removed a six-foot deep barrel from the backyard of a Massillon home Friday.

Officials suspect the body of a man is inside the container, in addition to a cement-like mixture.

The Stark County Coroner's Officer, police and B.C.I. agents returned to the the area of Eighth Street SW and Urban Court SW Friday morning.

Crews, including cadaver dogs, spent a good part of Thursday there searching a backyard.

Investigators say they acted on an anonymous tip and they have a pretty good idea who the person might be.  But they are not revealing any details.

Neighbors like Ron Redtka watched in shock from across the street.

"I think it's crazy, just when you thought you knew your neighbors," he said.

The coroner said he believes the container has been there for about a year.

That's how long 25-year-old Nick Stein has been missing.

Records from Massillon Police show officers checked on that house last February after a missing persons report was filed, but they didn't find anything.

"I've been doing this search from 1,500 miles away for Nick Stein," said Paula Cline over the phone.

Cline now lives in Kansas.

She says she was like a second mother to Stein. She fears the worst right now.

"Nick lived there and he came up missing.  He's been missing since February of last year," Cline said.

Neighbors are left trying to understand how something so unthinkable could happen so close to home.

"It's unbelievable in your own backyard. Something you wouldn't imagine happening in your own neighborhood," Ron Redtka said.

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