Unidentified, deceased man found rolled in blanket, Rittman police say

Unidentified, deceased man found rolled in blanket, Rittman police say

RITTMAN, Ohio (WOIO) - A passerby’s Saturday evening stroll was interrupted after spotting a body rolled in a blanket off the side of the road in Rittman, police said.

Rittman police told 19 News that someone walking on Gish Rd. around 5 p.m. called to report seeing a body rolled in a blanket.

“Specifically, she said as she was walking, she saw a blanket on the side of the road and, upon closer observation, she said she saw the legs and the arms sticking out," Andrew Morrissette said. "She didn’t see the face, thank goodness.”

Police said they located the victim between Sunset Drive and Eastern Road.

Rittman Police Department Chief Ray Arcuri said the victim is a white man presumed to be in his 30s to 40s.

The coroner is trying to identify the victim, and his cause of death is currently unknown, Chief Arcuri said.

"That could have been a father, that could have been a brother, we don’t know, but that’s someone’s family and I’d like to take a moment this morning,” Now Church Pastor Josh Evans said.

Wayne County Coroner’s Office and Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification assisted police on scene.

Rittman police continue to investigate.

Please call (330) 925-8040 with any tips.

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