Saturday, September 04, 1999

Relatives ID body found near Ulrey Creek

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The body found Wednesday along a creek in Clermont County has been identified as that of a Northern Kentucky woman.

        After hearing reports about the body's discovery, relatives of Lena Baynum, 27, contacted sheriff's investigators and helped to confirm her identity. She had lived in Butler, Ky. but recently moved to the Newport and Burlington areas, said Clermont County Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg. She did not have a fixed ad dress.

        Ms. Baynum's severely decomposed body was found Wednesday night along Ulrey Creek in Tate Township. She was partially concealed in a plastic bag, but visible from Rolling Acres Drive.

        Ms. Baynum's family members recognized descriptions of jewelry and the body that police gave to the news media, Sheriff Rodenberg said. She hadn't been reported missing until Thursday.

        Ms. Baynum was last seen on Aug. 20 in Northern Kentucky, Sheriff Rodenberg said. Investigators are still trying to determine what happened to her between then and Wednesday, when her body was discovered.

        Investigators have said the woman likely was killed elsewhere and her body dumped along the creek.

        Sheriff Rodenberg said Ms. Baynum's death was a homicide. But he said a cause has not been determined. No arrests have been made, and investigators do not have any suspects, he said.

        Anyone with information about Ms. Baynum, her whereabouts during the past few weeks or her death is asked to call 732-7545.


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