UNION COUNTY, Ohio (WCMH) — The Union County Sheriff’s Office says Rafael Cruz was found dead in a mobile home along U.S. Route 36 Tuesday with a knife wound to the neck.
Wednesday morning Cruz’s coworkers came here to pick him up, found him in the back bedroom, and called 911.
Cruz was employed by Hogenson Construction of North Dakota and was believed to be working at the new Heritage Cooperative Marysville Ag Campus and Research Farm located on Scottslawn Road.
Danielle McCandlish lives next door to Cruz. She said her husband leaves for work at the same time as him.
“There were three men he normally sees waiting in front of the house, he waved like he normally does but says they seemed somber, like something was wrong,” she said.
A Union County Sheriff’s Lieutenant said Cruz was either stabbed in the neck or had his throat cut.
It was a frightening death for neighbors.
“When I find out someone died in my neighborhood and there was a possible homicide, (I thought) are my kids safe? What do I need to do?” said April Bonnell.
She lives across the street from Cruz’s coworker.
Cruz’s body was found Wednesday morning, but Bonnell said she saw someone leave his mobile home Tuesday night.
“One of the guys who lived in the house there came running up another mobile home in my vicinity. They are all friends, but we didn’t think anything of it,” said Bonnell.
The US Customs and Immigration Service is also investigating Cruz’s status in the country.
Cruz’s body was taken to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy. There is no word on whether it will be ruled a homicide or self-inflicted.