CANTON-- Stark County sheriff's deputies say they have a person of interest in connection with the Monday deaths of a Lake Township couple, while Cuyahoga County authorities say they believe the deaths of a woman and her two adult daughters are connected to the Stark couple's deaths.
Stark County deputies would not confirm Tuesday morning that the cases are related.
Sgt. Jeremy Novelli said only that "we have a person of interest" and that the Lake Township case remained under investigation.
The Associated Press reports state that a 45-year-old man armed with a handgun was removed after a standoff from a home in Brunswick early Tuesday.
Brunswick Police Lt. Robert Safran said the man, subdued by use of a stun gun, is suspected in the deaths of the women whose bodies were found Sunday night at a home in nearby North Royalton, adding that the women may have died a day before their bodies were found. He named no motive.
Stark deputies were called Monday afternoon to the 1300 block of Mount Pleasant Street NE where Rogell E. John II, 71, and his wife, Roberta R. John, 64, were found dead.
Sheriff George T. Maier said Monday night that deputies found no signs of forced entry and that investigators believe the suspect knew the victims.
He could not be reached for comment on Tuesday morning.
Cleveland.com is reporting that North Royalton Detective Dave Loeding said the 45-year-old man was in possession of evidence that linked him to the Lake Township homicides when he was taken into custody.
Investigators have not disclosed the man's relationship to either the North Royalton or Lake Township victims.
Police on Monday identified the North Royalton victims as 45-year-old Suzanne Taylor and her daughters, 21-year-old Taylor Pifer, a senior fashion design student at Kent State University, and 18-year-old Kylie Pifer.
Police say the women might have died a day before their bodies were found.