North Olmsted police release information on body found by west side bridge

NORTH OLMSTED, OH – The North Olmsted Police Department released more details Wednesday on the death of James Cashin, 65, of North Olmsted.

His body was found Saturday in a wooded area near some railroad tracks under the Pearl Road Bridge at Big Creek. Det. Sgt. Robert Wagner of the North Olmsted police reports that Cashin  died of blunt impact to the head and neck sometime in August. They are not sure at this time when his body was dumped in the location where it was eventually found.

Seth Wood (Photo courtesy: North Olmsted Police)

Seth Wood (Photo courtesy: North Olmsted Police)

Anthony Kennedy (Photo courtesy: North Olmsted Police)

Anthony Kennedy (Photo courtesy: North Olmsted Police)

Arrested and charged with aggravated murder were Anthony Kennedy, 29, of North Olmsted and Seth Wood, 22, also of North Olmsted.  According to police, Kennedy and Cashin were in a relationship and had been for about 6 years.

North Olmsted detectives were contacted by the Cleveland Police Department Monday after a tentative identification was made over the weekend of Cashin’s body. They wanted to know if a missing persons report had been made on Cashin. There was none.

During further investigation, North Olmsted detectives visited the house that Kennedy and Cashin lived in. They caught up with the two suspects as they were leaving the home, and the subsequent questioning led to their arrests.

There had been some history with police visiting the home that Cashin and Kennedy lived in. In June  of 2015, police assisted another agency with a search warrant for internet crimes against children. No charges were ever filed as a result of that search.

In September of this year, a neighbor called police for a welfare check because that neighbor hadn’t seen Cashin in several weeks. When police arrived at the home, it was empty.  Later that day, though, Wood and Kennedy arrived back at the house and told police that Cashin was out of town on vacation – possibly in North Carolina. This information was verified by relative of Cashin, and nothing suspicious was found inside the house.

Kennedy and Wood were arraigned in Rocky River Municipal Court. The case was continued until November 1, 2016.  Both subjects were given $1.5 million bonds.