Killer of Howland man in 2011 is believed to be dead

Staff report


Police say that no one has ever been charged in the November 2011 killing of Donyell Johnson, 40, at his house on Basswood Avenue because police believe the killer is dead.

Howland Police Chief Paul Monroe said police believe the killer died in Trumbull County within a couple of months of Johnson’s death. Monroe said he was not releasing the suspect’s name because the suspect never was charged.

Monroe said DNA evidence linked the suspect to Johnson’s death.

“We don’t believe there is another suspect in the case, but if anyone has other information in the case, please give us a call,” Monroe said.

The Howland Police Department phone number is 330-856-5555.

Johnson was found dead Nov. 16 in his one-story home just north of Warren and just east of North Park Avenue Extension.

A woman called police the day Johnson’s body was found, saying she was Johnson’s girlfriend and feared he was dead because his home showed signs of a break-in.

She said Johnson told her his name was Martin Reed, and Monroe said Johnnson used a variety of names. Johnson had come to Basswood Avenue about a year earlier and originally was from Long Beach, Calif. His landlord knew him only as “Keith.”

Howland police said early in the investigation that they had a “strong suspect in mind.”

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