Tallmadge -- The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office has released the causes of death for a mother and son whose remains were discovered behind their Stone Creek Drive home last summer.
In an email to media this morning, the Medical Examiner's Office states the cause of death for Wendy Ralston is "unspecified violence" with "perimortem hyoid bone fracture" as a contributory condition. The manner of death for her has been ruled as a "homicide: unspecified violence with body transport and concealment."
The cause of death for her son, Peyton, also is "unspecified violence" with no contributory condition listed. His manner of death has also been ruled as "homicide: unspecified violence with body transport and concealment."
Speaking on behalf of Lisa Kohler, a medical examiner in the office who prepared the media release, Patrick Gillespie explained perimortem means "at or about the time of death," and the hyoid bone is a bone in the larynx, or throat.
Gillespie declined to comment further about the causes or manners of death, including how the pair died or whether Wendy Ralston was strangled. He did say the two were the subjects of some kind of violence.
Lt. Ron Williams, public information officer for the Tallmadge Police Department, wasn't immediately available for comment.
According to court records, Akron resident Daniel T. Tighe, 39, is being held in the Summit County Jail on a $2 million bond since he was charged and arrested for the murders of his 31-year-old, live-in ex-friend, Wendy Ralston, and 5-year-old son, Peyton, earlier this month. His attorneys Brian Pierce and Joseph Gorman were also unable to be reached for comment before press time.
Tighe has pleaded not guilty to the charges of aggravated murder in the death of his son and murder in the death of 31-year-old Wendy, as well as two counts each of felony domestic violence, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse. The aggrevated murder charge has a potential death penalty specification.
The mother of Wendy Ralston found the mostly decomposed remains of her daughter and grandson in a heavily wooded area behind their Stone Creek Drive home after she became suspicious of their whereabouts. She told police she had last heard from her daughter in July and reported her missing in August.
For more, see the Nov. 3 edition of the Tallmadge Express.
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