NORTH CANTON, Ohio - North Canton police are looking for a man accused of making improvised explosive devices who was last seen more than a week ago.
Officers were called to Sunford Avenue on Wednesday and found three suspicious items in the basement, police said.
The Summit County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad and the Alcohol, Tabacco and Firearms agents were called to the scene, as well as a Canton police K-9 unit.
North Canton police said three devices were removed from the house. One was submitted to the Stark County Crime Lab, while the bomb squad determined the others were homemade improvised explosive devices “capable of causing serious bodily injury and/or death.”
The suspect was identified as 51-year-old Thomas R. Ward, the cousin of the home’s resident. North Canton police said he’s wanted for inducing panic and illegally manufacturing or processing explosives.
Ward’s cousin filed a missing persons report for the suspect, who was last seen on May 20.
Ward has been living at the Sunford Avenue house for about five years. Police said he suffers from mental health issues.
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