North Canton: Man missing, IEDs found in home

7:24 PM, May 31, 2013   |    comments
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NORTH CANTON -- The Summit County Sheriff's Office says a man reported missing May 20 had assembled improvised explosive devices in his basement before he disappeared.

Authorities are looking for Thomas R. Ward, 51. A family member says he suffers from mental health issues. If anyone has information on Ward, please contact the North Canton Police Department at 330-499-5911.

On Wednesday, the North Canton Police Department responded to the 1100 block of Sunford Avenue SE. to investigate a resident's report where suspicious devices were found in the basement of the home.

The responding officers were shown three items which they suspected could be improvised explosive devices.

The Summit County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad unit, in conjunction with Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms agents, was contacted and responded to the residence.

The Canton Police Department was also contacted for assistance and responded with a trained explosives detecting K-9.

Three items were removed from the home. A search of the result of the home did not turn up any suspicious devices.

The items were taken by the SCSO Bomb Squad personnel to a safe location for further examination. One item was rendered safe for examination.

That item was submitted to the Stark County Crime Lab for further analysis. The SCSO Bomb Squad took custody of the other two devices.

Bomb technicians and ATF explosive specialists say the devices are homemade improvised explosive devices capable of causing serious bodily injury and/or death.

Ward, a cousin of the resident, had been living at the residence for five years. He was reported missing on Monday, May 20.

The resident also reported items were taken from the home without permission.


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