Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost today joined Boardman Township Chief of Police Todd Werth and Mahoning County Prosecuting Attorney Gina DeGenova to announce the identification of a suspect in a 1975 cold case homicide.
“Consider these victims, 12 and 13 years old – they had their entire lives ahead of them,” Yost said. “Their murderer stole everything they could have become and could have achieved. Today’s announcement does not mitigate their loss, but reinforces why our cold case team pours their heart and soul into their work, reminding us that everyone matters and we need to fight for justice.”
In 1975, the Boardman Twp. community was left searching for answers after a teenage boy, David Evans, was reported missing and later found dead. The discovery of Evan’s body came 1,023 days after the murder of another young boy, Bradley Bellino.
As time passed and crime fighting DNA technology progressed, detectives with the Boardman Twp. Police Department continued to work the unsolved homicides, requesting assistance from the attorney general’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s (BCI) forensic laboratory. This work has conclusively linked both homicides to the same offender, Joseph Norman Hill Sr., who lived in Boardman Twp. before moving to and ultimately dying in California.