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Body recovered from Geneva Township landfill, suspect charged

50-year-old man arrested, held without bond in the death of woman whose body was found in a Geneva Township landfill

Richard Munice was arrested and charged after 50-year-old Cari Smith’s body was found in a landfill Friday.

NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio — Editor’s note: The video in the player above is from a story published on Jan 4, 2021. 

The North Royalton Police Department has arrested and charged 50-year-old Richard Munice of Parma in the death of Cari Smith, whose body was discovered in a Geneva Township landfill on June 25.

On Monday, Munice was in court and was ordered to be held without bond. 

50-year-old Smith was found deceased inside of a landfill Friday afternoon by waste management officials after being reported missing, according to North Royalton officials.

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Smith’s cause of death has yet to be determined. 

North Royalton officials tell 3News that Smith and Munice knew each other and had a “strained relationship,” and were able to determine the 50-year-old man as a suspect early after Smith’s body was found Friday, thanks to “technology.” 

Following the discovery of Smith’s body, the waste management company issued the following statement: 

“We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the first responders who are assisting at the scene,” said Tanisha Sanders, Director of Government Affairs and Communications. “We appreciate your patience as we investigate this incident, and encourage further questions be directed toward the authorities at this time.”

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This is a developing story. Check back with 3News for updates.

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