Investigation of Craft homicide continues



Authorities have yet to track down the weapon used in the slaying of Christopher Craft on June 8 in his home.

Sgt. Rick Balog said, “We’re still getting records and reports” from the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation and have to “decipher what’s coming.”

Balog said police continue to look at persons of interest. Capt. Donald Hawkins said police haven’t been back to the neighborhood since the week of the homicide.

“It’s been a bizarre one,” Balog said of the investigation.

Craft, 48, of 1736 Alverne Drive, was found dead after 1 p.m. Authorities and the Mahoning County Coroner’s office have said he died about noon that Sunday — and someone had cut out a piece of his face to try to cover up the crime.

He died of a blunt-force wound to the right side of his face, and a cut was made from his ear across his face to the center of his mouth and then down to about underneath the jaw line.

Authorities had a toxicology test performed and are awaiting those test results. The coroner’s office did find pills in Craft’s stomach and, according to a police report, Craft had consumed beer and cocaine hours before his death.

“There’s a lot of things we’re looking into that take time like that,” Hawkins said of various tests.

He added that the police have received a few tips in the case, and anyone who has information is asked to call Boardman police at 330-726-4144.

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