WADSWORTH, Ohio — Wadsworth police are hoping the chance to remain anonymous will spur new tips in their five-month search for the body of 27-year old Iron Cannon.
Investigators said Cannon was shot and killed in Wadsworth after a night hanging out with a friend and at least one other person early October 18, 2020.
"At this point I feel comfortable in saying that yes, I believe Mr. Cannon was an absolutely innocent victim in what has become a terrible crime not only for him but a heinous crime for his family," said Detective Sergeant Dan Chafin with Wadsworth Police.
Investigators said Cannon told a family member he was heading home, but never made it back to Akron where he lived.
Instead, police believe Cannon was killed and the killer or killers enlisted the help of others to hide his body.
Investigators said Akron police served a search warrant on a vehicle that detectives believe was involved, but wouldn't comment on what evidence was recovered.
Police also would not speculate as to a motive for Cannon's killing, but Chafin said he believes people out there have information in the case.
Now he's hoping a $2,500 reward for tips through Crime Stoppers and the opportunity to remain anonymous will turn up the pressure on those with details as to what happened.
"If you've assisted, or helped, or lied, we'll deal with that later," said Chafin, "but now is your opportunity to do the right thing and help bring closure to this case and closure to this family."
A family that just wants closure after five months.
"It's not about anything else but bringing him home and us being able to say goodbye to him," said Cannon's brother CJ Elkins.
Chafin said police conducted more than 50 interviews in the case and served dozens of warrants.
He said while detectives have compiled a mountain of information, they still don't know where Cannon's body is.
"This has gone on long enough," said Chafin. "This family deserves closure."
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (216) 252-7463.
"We are prepared to go anywhere, talk to anybody, any time," said Chafin. "There is not a more important case that we're working on."