‘Huge Piece of Puzzle’ Found in Husband, Wife Murders

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NEW FRANKLIN, Ohio-- New Franklin police have located a missing piece of evidence in the murders of a prominent couple in Summit County.

Wednesday afternoon, Akron police located a vehicle belonging to the victims, Jeffrey Schobert, 56, and his wife Margaret, 59, on the west side of Akron.

The car had been reported missing since the Schoberts' murder yesterday afternoon.

"The car was located on the west side of Akron. They alerted us and we had it towed back to our headquarters here. This is a huge piece of the puzzle," said Detective Nick Bollas, with the New Franklin Police Department.

In the meantime, neighbors who live along Rex Lake Drive in New Franklin are stunned. "They did a lot of volunteer work. He had a nice family. They will be missed," said next-door neighbor, Jeff Enright.

The couple's bodies were discovered inside their home Tuesday afternoon.

Now, police are investigating if a recent incident involving the couple's 18-year-old daughter may be connected to the crime.

"She was assaulted a little over a week ago in Akron. They are handling that investigation. We've been in contact with them; they've given us their records," said Detective Bollas.

The daughter is recovering at Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron.

Arrested and charged in the attack is Jamayne Ruiz, 24, who is being held in jail for felonious assault.

Police said they have several leads and have questioned the daughter's boyfriend.

Police said he was released by authorities Tuesday night and has not been charged.

As for the Shoberts' other daughter, she is a senior at Archbishop Hoban High School.

Wednesday afternoon, the school held a prayer service and mass.

According to the school, the father was a mock trial coach and the mom was active in the parent's club.

Jeffrey Schobert worked for the law firm of Hanna Campbell & Powell, LLP in Akron.

"Jeff and Peg dedicated their lives to tirelessly serving others.  Their kindness and generosity knew no bounds.  Our thoughts and prayers are with their family members, whom they cherished," said the firm in a statement Wednesday.

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