After a woman’s body was found in an Ohio landfill and police have arrested a suspect in connection to the victim's murder.
Authorities say the woman and suspect had a “strained relationship.”
On June 25, officers of the North Royalton Police Department responded to a call for a welfare check after Cari Smith, 50, did not report to work as usual.
Smith was not at her home, where she lived alone. Suspicious activity was noted at the scene “consistent with an abduction,” according to the North Royalton police.
Smith’s vehicle was missing from her garage and police used the OnStar feature to find her vehicle in Geauga County, Ohio.
Geauga County Sheriff’s officers assisted with stopping the vehicle and arresting the driver. Richard Muncie, 50, was driving the vehicle and has been charged with murder, according to North Royalton police.
The victim’s body was not found in the vehicle.
Smith’s body was later found in an Ashtabula County landfill in Geneva, Ohio.
Police believe the body was transported to a harbor using the victim’s vehicle, it appeared the body was initially dumped there before being taken to the landfill, according to North Royalton police.
Smith was likely killed in her home and dumped the same day, police said. Initial observations suggest that the victim was killed by blunt force.
Police say that Smith and Muncie knew each other, but “their relationship was not fully understood at this time.” They were not living together, and they supposedly had a “strained relationship," according to police.
Muncie was charged with murder and is currently under arrest at the North Royalton Police Department.