An Akron woman, reported missing earlier this month, may have been shot and killed and dumped in a wooded area, according to court records obtained Monday by Beacon Journal partner News 5 Cleveland.
Four people have been arrested in relation to the disappearance of Samantha Anna Marie Guthrie, 18, who was last seen in the early hours of Nov. 4 at a house in the 300 block of Lillian Street, a few blocks from the Akron Zoo. Police have said she disappeared under suspicious circumstances.
According to four affidavits filed in Akron Municipal Court, William Alexander, 38, of Akron was arrested on charges of abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence, and Danny Hamby, 39, of Akron; Dylan Brown, 19, of Akron; and Toni Kenney, 31, of Akron were each arrested on charges of tampering with evidence and obstructing justice.
Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards said Guthrie has not been found as of Monday afternoon.
“There have been several arrests made in the missing person case of Samantha Guthrie,” said Edwards, who declined further comment and referred to the court records.
According to the affidavits, Alexander and Brown admitted to detectives during questioning that they were present inside the house in the 300 block of Lillian Avenue where they said Guthrie was shot on Nov. 4.
Alexander admitted to moving Guthrie to the trunk of a vehicle after the shooting and said he helped Hamby move Guthrie, who was deceased, according to the affidavit, from the trunk to an unknown wooded area “and discarding her there.”
In a signed affidavit, Brown also admitted to carrying Guthrie’s body, putting her in the trunk of a vehicle, tearing up the living room carpet and cleaning the floor. He also said he put his bloody clothes in a bin and left them at the house, which detectives found, along with rolled-up carpeting.
In the court document, Kenney said she assisted Hamby in moving Guthrie from the Lillian Street house after she was shot. Kenney admitted doing so to multiple witnesses, according to the affidavit.
Hamby “was instrumental in moving her [Guthrie’s] body from the scene and then refuse[d] to disclose her whereabouts,” one affidavit states.
All four are in the Summit County Jail, according to jail records.
Police have said Guthrie has had no permanent address since leaving home in May after she turned 18. On her Facebook page, Guthrie said she attended East High School and lived in North Akron.
Guthrie’s mother reported her missing Nov. 5, the day after she was last seen on a block of Lillian Street that runs between Rhodes Avenue and Douglas Street. Police did not say what Guthrie, whom they described as a known drug user, was doing at the Lillian Street house.
Edwards said staff from Texas EquuSearch, a search and rescue organization hired by the family, met with Akron detectives Monday morning.
Guthrie is 5 feet 5 inches, weighs 155 pounds and has blonde or strawberry-blonde hair and blue eyes. She has tattoos of a butterfly and an owl on her right forearm and the word “believe” on her left forearm.
Police ask anyone with information about Guthrie or her disappearance to contact detectives at 330-375-2490 or 330-375-2TIP, the U.S. Marshals Service at 866-4-WANTED; or Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS. People can also text TIPSCO at 274637.
Anyone providing information can remain anonymous.
Beacon Journal reporter Emily Mills can be reached at 330-996-3334, firstname.lastname@example.org and @EmilyMills818.