Coroner's report still pending in murder of Boardman man


Two months after Chris Craft was slain in his township home, police continue to investigate the crime that initially perplexed officers.

Craft, 48, was found on the floor in front of his computer with skin missing from his face — an apparent attempt by the assailant to hide the crime. Authorities believe he died at about noon June 8 at his home, 1736 Alverne Drive.

The Mahoning County Coroner’s full report on his death is pending. In the days after his death, a few details were revealed in the case.

Dr. Joseph Ohr, medical examiner and pathologist with the coroner’s office, has said Craft died from blunt force trauma to the right side of his face that also damaged the front right side of his brain. The removed skin extended from Craft’s ear across to the center of his mouth and then down underneath the jaw line and onto his neck. There were no other injuries and no defensive wounds, he noted.

The use of cocaine, pornography and beer preceded the killing of Craft, the township police report says. At 1:20 p.m. June 8, several Boardman officers were sent to Craft’s home on a report of a suicide. A friend of Craft’s — who called it in — said Craft “shot his face off,” according to the report.

The male caller, 38, was questioned but has not been charged by police.

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