The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office will perform autopsies Wednesday on the bodies of Jeffrey Schobert and his wife, Margaret Schobert, who were found dead in their Rex Lake Drive home Tuesday afternoon.
Both were pronounced dead at the scene at 2:39 p.m.
Neighbors and sources in the Summit County legal community say the Schoberts were active in community affairs.
New Franklin Mayor Al Bollas confirmed that workmen found the bodies inside the couple’s home in the 4000 block of Rex Lake Drive, but he could not confirm the names.
Jeffrey Schobert, 56, is a prominent health-care lawyer and has been a mock trial coach for students at Archbishop Hoban High School, where the couple’s two daughters had attended. Margaret “Peg” Schobert, 59, is active in many charitable organizations, including the Rotary, Interval Brotherhood Home and Junior League.
Seven members of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation were at the crime scene Tuesday evening.
BCI supervisor Dan Winterich confirmed there were two deaths but would not confirm gender, ages or the relationship of the victims. He said leads were being pursued, but no one was in custody as of 9 p.m.
“It’s a complex crime scene,” he said.
New Franklin, in the Portage Lakes area in southern Summit County, is a city of about 14,000 people.
“This is rare out here,” Bollas said of the deaths. “Really rare.”
Bollas said workmen had been doing some remodeling work at the couple’s home and were there for some time before they discovered the bodies of the man and woman between 2 and 3 p.m. Tuesday. He said the workmen apparently had let themselves in to work on the house.
Bollas said an Akron detective is helping investigate, as the deaths “might be related to something else that happened earlier in Akron.”
He said the Akron incident might have occurred one or two weeks ago. He declined to give further specifics.
New Franklin police Chief Daniel Davidson declined to speak to the media Tuesday night.
A spokesperson with the department said the chief was waiting for a family member to arrive in town.
According to the Hanna Campbell & Powell, LLP website, Jeffrey Schobert led the firm’s health-care trial group, representing physicians, hospitals and other providers throughout the state.
Since 1987, he successfully defended some of the firm’s most serious cases, including many before the Ohio Supreme Court.
He was also a frequent lecturer to physicians, insurance companies, medical care providers and others.
Schobert was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates as an associate member in January 2003, he was named one of Ohio’s “Super Lawyers” from 2005 to 2011 and has been on a list of “Best Lawyers in America” since 2006.
Beacon Journal staff writers Paula Schleis and Katie Byard contributed to this report.