Seven Hills homeowner charged with murder after human remains found in backyard

SEVEN HILLS, Ohio - Seven Hills police have charged 44-year-old Frank Dienes with murder and tampering with evidence in the wake of the discovery over the weekend of human remains on his property located at 7606 Oakwood Drive.

The victim was identified as 58-year-old Joseph Kopp. Police said he was a homeless man who had been estranged from his family for about five years.

Kopp was staying with Frank Dienes and his wife, Charlya. Charlya has not been charged with a crime.

In a Monday afternoon news conference, police said Kopp suffered a gunshot wound to the head. He moved in with the Dienes family in October 2009, but had not been seen in about a month. Police said they do not know when he was killed.

Joe Kopp's brother, Paul, told NewsChannel5 he got a phone call from Charlya Dienes last month saying they had recently put him out of the house. "She was quizzing us on what we could do to help him because she thought he might have needed some help," Paul Kopp said.

Police say they don't know the motive behind the killing.  Paul Kopp can only speculate.

"They initially felt they wanted to provide a place for him. He was living in their garage," Kopp said. "They were holding out a hand to him and things got a little out of hand."

Late Monday afternoon, Dienes' attorney, Eric C. Nemecek, Esq. with Ian N. Friedman & Associates, L.L.C., released this statement:
"Because it is very early in this case, there remains mostly speculation around what has occurred. An intensive investigation is being conducted on behalf of Mr. Dienes, which will allow his defense team to present all facts in a court of law at the appropriate time. He maintains his innocence to all charges.

Police said a Cleveland State University student who was a family friend went to the CSU police and reported the murder.

Acting on the tip, Seven Hills police and agents with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation searched a small, wooded area about 200 feet behind the home on Friday night and Saturday morning.

On Saturday, several cars were parked outside of the home, but no one would talk to the media. A woman walked out of the home briefly and said there was a sick person inside. A sign taped to the front door read, "Please no media at this time."

Chief Durkin said they responded to the home about a month ago after the homeowners complained that they were having trouble evicting a tenant.

Dienes is scheduled to be arraigned on murder and tampering with evidence charges Tuesday at 1:45 p.m. in a Cuyahoga County courtroom.

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