A decomposing body of a woman was discovered Monday by city police in a Wales Road apartment and authorities are calling the death suspicious.

The body has been identified as Erin M. Carney, 37, and was found in an apartment in the 400 block of Wales Road NE, according to a police report.

Multiple items were taken into evidence, including a spoon, duct tape, a phone and pajama pants, the report said.

Harry Campbell, chief investigator with the Stark County Coroner’s Office, estimated Carney had been dead between three and four weeks, possibly longer.

The death is “suspicious until we get more answers,” he said.

Campbell was called to the apartment at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Due to the condition of the body, Campbell said, an initial external examination didn’t tell investigators much about Carney’s death. Decomposition made it difficult to determine if there were signs of trauma, however, Campbell said, it seemed unlikely.

The autopsy had not been scheduled as of Tuesday afternoon.

A toxicology report will be ordered and tissue testing will be required. A tissue toxicology report typically takes longer than a blood test, which can be between two and three weeks, he said.

Based on the police investigation, Campbell said, officials have an idea of what happened to Carney. He would not elaborate further on cause of death.

A 39-year-old city man who may be connected to the case was arrested after a Massillon officer identified him as having a warrant for aggravated possession of drugs. The man was driving along Erie Street South when he was stopped. He was additionally charged with possession of drug abuse instruments after the officer located a hypodermic syringe.

His arraignment is set for 8:45 a.m. Wednesday.

The man gave officers the location of the missing female, who had been reported missing Saturday. The family hadn’t had contact with her for at least two months, according to the missing person’s report.

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