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Body of Man Beheaded Found in North Canton
"I know it sounds really weird," she struggles to explain to the dispatcher. "I don't know. Could you just dispatch an officer?"
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North Canton police are investigating one of the most gruesome murders ever reported in Northeast Ohio and the first murder in that city in five years.

Police say 34-year-old Brett Smith was found dead in his trailer at the Evergreen Mobile Home Park in North Canton.

His neighbor and Smith's mother discovered his body, which had been beheaded and left in the trailer's bathroom.

Neighbor Christopher Conley says Smith's head was found in another area of the trailer.

"There was blood on the wall and there was burnt rugs in the oven trying to catch the house on fire," he said.

North Canton Police won't give much more information, other than to say they are looking for a murder suspect.

"We're not giving any details on what we found and what we're processing at the scene." said North Canton Police Chief Mike Grimes, "I've got investigators actively working the case as we speak and I don't want to do anything that's going to hamper this investigation."

Smith lived alone and had only lived in the trailer park for about three months.

If you have any information, be sure to call North Canton Police.

North Canton murder victim was beheaded
UPDATE: 4:24 PM, Monday, October 6, 2008
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A man was found dead in his trailer at the Evergreen Mobile Home Court in North Canton on Saturday.

NORTH CANTON Grisly details are coming out today about the murder of a city man whose headless body was found Saturday evening by his mother in the man's trailer.

The mother told Stark County coroner's investigator Rick Walters that the dead man is Brett Smith, 34, who lived in the Evergreen Mobile Home Court at 81 Balsam St. NW. The coroner's office was able to identify the victim by his tattoos.

North Canton police have said little about the case so far. Chief Mike Grimes said today he doesn't want to release any details that might interfere with the investigation.

"We're actively working on it," he said.

Investigators said the head was recovered from the residence but declined to elaborate on its location or any other injuries.

Police responded to the Balsam Street address after receiving an emergency call. A woman who identified herself as Judy Smith, the victim's mother, can be heard on the 911 call to police describing the scene.

"He's in the bathroom, but his head's missing," she tells a North Canton dispatcher.

"But what?" the dispatcher reacts with surprise.

Smith explained that she was at her son's trailer where "we just broke in" and she could see her son in the bathroom. His head was not attached to his body.

"I know it sounds really weird," she struggles to explain to the dispatcher. "I don't know. Could you just dispatch an officer?"

"Yeah, we'll send an officer," the dispatcher tells her, and asks her to explain further.

" .... it looks like him.

"... there's a body or there's something there, I mean, it looks like his legs," she says.

An autopsy scheduled for today was canceled because the county coroner was tied up in court on an unrelated case.

Investigators also have declined to explain the significance of a kitchen fire, which was out when they arrived Saturday.

Smith lived alone, according to neighbors.

Judy Smith said she drove from her Lake Township home to North Canton when her son failed to show up Saturday for a regular visit with his 4-year-old niece.

She said the highlight of her son's week was spending time with his niece, whose nickname for him was Bubba. The pair would hang out in the play area at McDonalds, visit the North Canton Public Library, or Price Park.

Smith said the death of her son in such a gruesome way left her feeling "numb."

"He was kind and caring. He liked to help everyone out," Smith said from the porch of her home this afternoon, where she was making plans for her son's funeral.

She said he loved animals and had a kitten that was given its name, Tigger, by the niece.

The cat was hiding in the trailer, but was recovered by Judy Smith.

Brett Smith graduated in 1993 from Lake High School, said his mother.
Neighbor arrested for vandalizing beheaded man's electric meter
By Bill Lilley
Beacon Journal staff writer

POSTED: 12:02 p.m. EDT, Oct 07, 2008

A North Canton resident who lived one block from a man who was found beheaded Saturday was arrested early this morning and charged with vandalizing his dead neighbor's electric meter box in the Evergreen Mobile Home Complex.

William D. Perry, 41, was arrested at 1:14 a.m. today at the Canton Police Department by North Canton police and charged with felony vandalism.

''A warrant was issued Monday and [Perry] was picked up in Canton by Canton police,'' North Canton Police Chief Michael Grimes said.

Perry lives at 94 Cedar St. N.W.

He is scheduled to appear at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Canton Municipal Court.

Brett W. Smith, who was found decapitated in the bathroom of his mobile home, lived alone at 81 Balsam St.

Bond was set at $150,000 for the fourth-degree vandalism felony, and Perry was taken to Stark County Jail.

Grimes said Smith's electric meter box was smashed on Sept. 30, but the chief would not comment on whether the vandalism and the death were thought to be related.

He said he could not release any more details because the investigation into Smith's death is ongoing.

The body of Smith, a 1993 Lake High School graduate, was found shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday by his mother, Judy Smith of Hartville.

Judy Smith said she and a neighbor broke in to Brett's mobile home to check on him after several attempts to reach him throughout the day had failed.

A spokeswoman for the Stark County Coroner's Office said an autopsy on Smith was scheduled to be performed this afternoon.


North Canton police said in a report that Smith's death was being investigated as a homicide. The report says an ``unknown person entered residence, committed murder and set fire.''


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Bill Lilley can be reached at 330-996-3811 or blilley@thebeaconjournal.com.
A North Canton resident who lived one block from a man who was found beheaded Saturday was arrested early this morning and charged with vandalizing his dead neighbor's electric meter box in the Evergreen Mobile Home Complex.

William D. Perry, 41, was arrested at 1:14 a.m. today at the Canton Police Department by North Canton police and charged with felony vandalism.

''A warrant was issued Monday and [Perry] was picked up in Canton by Canton police,'' North Canton Police Chief Michael Grimes said.

Perry lives at 94 Cedar St. N.W.

He is scheduled to appear at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Canton Municipal Court.

Brett W. Smith, who was found decapitated in the bathroom of his mobile home, lived alone at 81 Balsam St.

Bond was set at $150,000 for the fourth-degree vandalism felony, and Perry was taken to Stark County Jail.

Grimes said Smith's electric meter box was smashed on Sept. 30, but the chief would not comment on whether the vandalism and the death were thought to be related.

He said he could not release any more details because the investigation into Smith's death is ongoing.

The body of Smith, a 1993 Lake High School graduate, was found shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday by his mother, Judy Smith of Hartville.

Judy Smith said she and a neighbor broke in to Brett's mobile home to check on him after several attempts to reach him throughout the day had failed.

A spokeswoman for the Stark County Coroner's Office said an autopsy on Smith was scheduled to be performed this afternoon.


North Canton police said in a report that Smith's death was being investigated as a homicide. The report says an ``unknown person entered residence, committed murder and set fire.''

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