NEW FRANKLIN, Ohio - Construction workers found two residents dead in the bedroom of their home on Rex Lake Drive in New Franklin Tuesday afternoon, police said.
Officers were called to the home at about 2:22 p.m. and confirmed the couple was deceased. One body was found on the floor and one on the bed. Police said they’re investigating this as an apparent double homicide.
Police identified the victims as Jeffrey E. Schobert, 56, and his wife, Margaret, 59. Jeffrey Schobert was a prominent Akron-area attorney. He was last seen Monday around 7 p.m. walking his dog.
The law firm Hanna, Campbell & Powell, LLP, where Jeffrey worked issued this statement Wednesday afternoon:
"We are shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of Jeff and Peg Schobert. We considered them part of our family, and we will be forever grateful to have worked alongside them. The pain from their loss is immeasurable. Jeff and Peg dedicated their lives to tirelessly serving others. Their kindness and generosity knew no bounds. Our thoughts and prayers are with their family members, whom they cherished."
The construction crew doing work on the couple's home arrived at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday but did not find the bodies until the afternoon because they were working in a different section.
Detective Michael Hitchings said the former boyfriend of the couple's daughter Chelsea was questioned. The boyfriend is being held by Kent police on an unrelated warrant while New Franklin police continue to review the statements he made Tuesday night when detectives interviewed him.
Authorities said there have not been any suspects named or arrests made.
Chelsea Schobert was beaten and stabbed on March 23, according to a police report. The man arrested and charged in that incident was taken into custody and remains in jail, detectives said.
A black Mazda CX-7 with the license plate EYJ6369 was missing from the couple's home, according to police.
Neighbors told NewsChannel5 they thought the family of four was on vacation.
“And they have people working on the house, so there were construction guys here this morning. And they showed up at about 8 o’clock. So I’m surprised, you know, the timing’s not right,” one neighbor said.
"It's freaky," said neighbor Michael Skacevic. "Two dead people in a house here and this is supposed to a nice neighborhood. It's just crazy."
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office also responded to the scene.
ArchBishop Hoban High School will hold a 3 p.m. prayer vigil at the school Wednesday for the family.
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