Wednesday, August 02, 2000

Workers find dead woman

Police say case is homicide

By Walt Schaefer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        SHARONVILLE — Police here are investigating the death of a 32-year-old Oakley woman whose body was found Tuesday morning behind a Mosteller Road electrical supply store.

        Myra McKee of the 3200 block of Berwyn Place was found face down about 7 a.m. behind Becker Electric Supply in Sharonville by two employees.

        “We are still treating this as a homicide,” said Police Lt. Alan Hayes.

        Ms. McKee had problems with her kidneys and had missed several dialysis sessions, causing her abdomen to swell so much that police initially thought she was about six months' pregnant, Lt. Hayes said.

        “We think someone dumped her there,” he said. “Her parents said they have not seen her in several days.”

        The lieutenant did not identify the parents. Relatives contacted Tuesday in Oakley by the Enquirer declined to comment.

        The Hamilton County coroner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

        Ms. McKee's fully clothed body was found in an outdoor work-break area behind the Becker facility on the east side of Mosteller Road. Lt. Hayes said the woman's identity was gleaned from a medical form found in her denim pants.

        Ms. McKee was found without a purse or wallet, clothed in a white long-sleeved T-shirt and baggy jeans, Lt. Hayes said.

        There was no sign of sexual assault or a struggle in the area where the body was found, and there were no obvious wounds or signs of foul play, Lt. Hayes said.

        “She was flat on her face, man,” said Doug Pitts, 37, of Mount Airy, one of the workers who discovered the body. “We thought maybe she was passed out. I walked back to see if she was breathing. She wasn't.”

        The workers called police.

        Mr. Pitts said the woman's arms were bent above her head in the grass, and her tennis shoes were sitting next to her head.

        Stan Owens of West Chester, warehouse manager for Becker, said Ms. McKee was not an employee, and it appears she has no connection to the plant.

        “It's dead out here at night, no one around until workers start (arriving) at (the) General Mills (plant) across the street at about 6:30 (a.m.),” said Bob Gibbs, truck fleet manager for Becker.


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