Brunswick police have identified James Tench, 27, as a suspect in the death of his 55-year-old mother, Mary Tench.
Tench has not been charged in connection with his mother’s killing, which was ruled a homicide Thursday by Medina County Coroner Dr. Neil Grabenstetter.
Mary Tench’s body was found Tuesday afternoon in a parking lot off Carquest Drive, in an industrial park just east of the Interstate 71 exchange with Center Road. The park is less than a mile south of the home she and her son shared at 758 Camden Lane.
The coroner said the cause of death was “multiple blunt trauma injuries to head and neck with skull fractures.”
The case is the second violent homicide in Medina County within a month.
Aaron Furin, of Medina, was charged with murder following the stabbing death of Daryl Carney at Furin’s home Oct. 16.
Brunswick police spokesman Nick Solar said James Tench was brought in for questioning about his mother’s death.
On Thursday, he was turned over to Strongsville police, who have charged him with two counts of aggravated robbery, four counts of kidnapping and a count of safecracking.
The charges stem from the Oct. 28 armed robbery of the Old Carolina Barbecue Co. on Pearl Road in Strongsville.
Strongsville police Detective Lt. John Janowski said Tench was charged with kidnapping because “there was a gun involved and he restricted the movement (of four people) while he was in there.”
The charges were filed Thursday in Berea Municipal Court, where bond was set at $2 million. Tench was being held Thursday at the Strongsville City Jail.
Brunswick police said a family member reported Mary Tench missing at 3 a.m. Tuesday and an official missing person report was filed at 6 a.m. that day.
News of her death shocked neighbors on Camden Lane, who said she was a thoughtful and kind woman.
In addition to James, Mary had a daughter and four grandchildren.
“No one would want to harm her. She had no enemies,” neighbor Delores Green said Wednesday.
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