Bedford home searched in connection with bodies found in burned car in East Cleveland

October 10, 2018

Bedford home searched in connection with bodies found in burned car in East Cleveland

BEDFORD, Ohio — Local and state investigators are searching a Bedford home in connection with a homicide investigation that started Wednesday morning when East Cleveland discovered two burned bodies in the back of a car, police said. 

Bedford police were called just after 11:30 a.m. by East Cleveland police the bodies were discovered earlier in the day in the back seat of a burning silver Buick at a vacant lot in the 14000 block of Savannah Avenue, Bedford police Deputy Chief Rick Suts said. 

Officers entered the Gould Avenue home about 2:45 p.m. after they noticed a side door was open. Police cleared the two-story house in less than 10 minutes. Neighbors reported a strong stench of gasoline coming from the house, Suts said. 

Investigators said there it appears a struggle occurred in the home, but they stopped short of releasing any additional details. 

No one was found inside the home. 

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Bedford police are assisting East Cleveland police in the investigation.

The burning car was discovered about 9:30 a.m. Firefighters doused the blaze and discovered the bodies that were burned beyond immediate identification.

The person who rented to the Buick was traced back to the home on Gould Avenue, police said. 

The home is owned by Paul D. Bradley, according to Cuyahoga County Property records. Bradley, 39, bought the home in 2013 for about $7,600. Family members at the scene said they have not heard from him in several days. 

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