Warren police identify homicide victim, plan to solve case with new technology

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Warren police are following up on leads, working to piece together exactly what happened to 30-year-old Mark Yauger II

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Warren police have identified the victim of the city’s sixth homicide this year. Now, detectives hope a new piece of equipment will help them gather evidence faster.

Warren police are following up on leads, working to piece together exactly what happened to 30-year-old Mark Yauger II.

Caller: “Our neighbor was shot! You need to get somebody here!”

A neighbor reported hearing gunshots just before 5 p.m. Sunday in Yauger’s home. He lives near the corner of Central Parkway Avenue and Wick Street.

The caller told dispatchers two suspects wearing masks ran out of the house.

Police found Yauger and took him to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

“We got a lot of leads we have to follow up on and once we follow up on those leads, that’ll give us a better picture of exactly what we’re looking at,” said Warren Police Capt. Robert Massucci.

Yauger’s cellphone is just one piece of evidence investigators have already collected.

This is the first case in which detectives will be using the department’s new investigative tool called Cellebrite.

“It essentially images the phone, makes a copy of it, a forensic copy that we can then go and analyze without damaging the phone itself,” said Warren Det. Michael Altiere.

The department recently received Cellebrite thanks to a more than $21,000 justice assistance grant.

“Normally, we sent them to BCI and I think this will cut down on our turnaround time in obtaining the evidence, which will help us a lot,” Massucci said.

The investigation is ongoing. So far, no arrests have been made.

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