The body of Samantha Guthrie, an 18-year-old from Akron, Ohio that was reported missing weeks ago, was discovered Sunday in the woods with an apparent gunshot wound to the head. Two people she had reportedly been bunking with at a local house that hosted drifters and drug users were arrested and charged with her murder.
Danny Hamby, 39, and Toni Kenney, 31, were charged on Monday, according to local news station Fox 8. They were already in custody at the Summit County jail on other charges related to Guthrie's disappearance when the murder charges were added.
The teenager was reported missing by her mother on Nov. 5, just one day after she was last seen at a rundown home in downtown Akron.
Hamby and Kenney were among the four other people Guthrie was reported to be with at the house, according to the Akron Beacon Journal; the group was reportedly brought together by a shared desire for illicit drugs such as methamphetamine.
Hamby has a long rap sheet, including a conviction for causing $100,000 worth of damage after stealing a backhoe in 1997, tearing up a cornfield and plowing into a house under construction while intoxicated, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.
Over the years, Hamby, who according to court records was homeless, racked up other substance abuse related charges and was labeled a habitual sex offender in 2011 after he was convicted of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.
"Samantha has been found as of this morning. Please give the family time to start the grieving process. We are forever grateful for all of the love and support through this devastating time," a statement posted to a Facebook page dedicated to finding the missing teen said.
Akron Police said the investigation remains ongoing
[Photo Credits: Facebook, Summit County Sheriff's Office]
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