On September 23, 2018, police were called to an industrial area in New Franklin, Ohio, after a mattress was found burning on South Van Buren Avenue. The mattress had been placed on the side of the road.
Upon the arrival of the Barberton Fire Department, the flames were extinguished. It was then that firemen realized that the dead body of a woman was lying underneath the mattress.
The badly burned body was taken to the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office. On September 24th, the office announced that an autopsy revealed the woman had died from “homicidal violence.” The following day, the victim was identified as 43-year-old Kerri Blondheim of Massillon, Ohio.
Blondheim was the mother of one daughter, two sons, and the grandmother of two grandsons. In October, her family sat down for an exclusive interview with The Canton Repository, where they revealed that Blondheim suffered from addiction. According to the article, Blondheim had served time in prison for drug-related charges before her release in 2007. In 2008, Blondheim began bringing random people into her parents’ home after relapsing and resorted to pawning jewelry to sustain her drug habit. Later, in 2013, Blondheim wrote several Facebook posts discussing her commitment to becoming a better person. However, the Akron Beacon Journal reported that 2015 saw Blondheim being charged with forgery in relation to her addiction issues. That same year she was assessed for SHARP (Special Housing Adjustment Residential Program), which is a local community care program at the Oriana House for people with mental illness. Despite her recent legal woes, her family believes that she was clean at the time of her murder.
The Repository‘s exclusive also revealed that the Summit County medical examiner had determined that Blondheim was beaten to death, citing signs of trauma to her head and neck. Blondheim’s toxicology results are not yet available and may not be ready until early January, as toxicology tests can take up to 18 weeks to complete.
Since her identification, investigators have not released any information regarding suspects or evidence in her case. Until they do, the events that led to the murder of Kerri Blondheim remain a mystery.
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