The body of a 68-year-old woman was found in an Akron, Ohio, self-storage unit last week, and an acquaintance has been arrested on charges of murder and auto theft in relation to the incident. Antiques dealer Mary Kay Wohlfarth, who rented a unit at the storage facility in the 500 block of Tallmadge Avenue, was found in another renter’s space after being reported missing on Wednesday. She died of blunt force trauma to the head and neck, and her death has been ruled a homicide, according to several sources.
An employee from the storage facility called police on Wednesday after seeing suspicious activity at Wohlfarth’s unit on surveillance video. In a 911 call, the employee said the unit had been accessed by another individual on Monday. “And to my knowledge, that individual has no permission, reason, authority to go in there,” the caller said.
Wohlfarth’s body was found in a unit rented by the Olson Family, which was near her own. Both parties had rented at the facility for years, a source reported. Like the victim, the Olsons had once operated a business from the property.
Members of the Wohlfarth Family told police they hadn’t spoken to her since Monday. The facility’s surveillance video showed Michael J. Olson, 35, driving her 2012 Kia Sedona from the facility the same day. Police discovered the vehicle Thursday morning on Whittier Avenue, according to Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards.
Michael Olson confessed to the crime but hasn’t offered police a motive. He’s being held at Summit County Jail on a $1 million bond.
“We don't really have a motive. We know the victim and suspect are acquaintances. They would frequently see each other. There was some communication—he's a handyman, would do some work, trying to get work,” said Edwards, adding that nothing from Wohlfarth’s unit appeared to be missing.
Michael Olson was arrested at his home on Phyllis Avenue on June 19 and pleaded not guilty during his arraignment. His next court hearing is July 10.