YOUNGSTOWN — Police are trying to determine who is responsible for the deaths of two young men found in a torched car near the Mahoning River.
Youngstown Police Capt. Kenneth Centorame today would only say that the two men were in their late teens or early 20s and lived in Youngstown. He said the two men do not appear to be related, but did know each other.
Centorame said police were able to quickly identify the two men, but are waiting on the coroner’s office to confirm the identities with family members.
According to police, a 42-year-old Canfield man went to the area of the Mahoning River near West Avenue at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday to meet a friend and do some fishing. The man noticed a late model car near the river but did not initially pay any close attention.
After about 15 minutes of sitting near the lake the man noticed the car had flames coming from the driver’s side door. The man, reports said, looked inside the car but did not see anything because of the smoke inside.
Youngstown firefighters responded at 6:52 p.m. and after extinguishing the fire found the body of the first man whose legs, feet and arms had been bound with duct tape. The man also had a bag placed over his head.
Police were called and began to go through the car when officers found the second body. The second man’s hands, feet and legs had also been bound with duct tape and a bag placed over his head.
The car was determined to have been a black 2007 Dodge Caliber that had been rented from the Enterprise rental agency on Rayen Avenue.