Tuesday, May 01, 2001

Mysteries persist in slaying

Body found in trailer still unidentified

By David Eck
Enquirer Contributor

        UNION TOWNSHIP — Four days after a woman was found slain in a horse trailer at Bay Ridge Farm, police on Monday said they have lots of questions, but precious few answers.

        They have no positive identification of the woman, know of no local relatives and cannot find the male companion who was seen with her the evening before she was found.

        The woman, described by police as Hispanic, was found Thursday in the trailer at the farm on Heitman Lane. She was 25-30 years old.

        “We don't have anybody who can tell us anything about her. The one thing we're hoping is that we find a local acquaintance,” Union Township police Lt. Mark Griffith said. “There are a number of Hispanics working in this area.”

        Key for police is finding the man who had been seen with the woman several times.

        An alert for the man has been issued to police agencies nationwide, but Lt. Griffith stopped short of calling the man a suspect. The man has not been seen since.

        Police say the couple apparently had been living in the two-horse trailer. The woman had visible injuries, but authorities would not elaborate about the crime scene.

        The victim was found about 1 p.m. Thursday in the trailer on the horse farm, which sits on 50 acres just off Ohio 32 about two miles east of Eastgate Mall.

        “I had seen the couple walking up and down the street three or four times over the last year,” said Terri Morris, who works in a plumbing company office just down the street. She said she wasn't aware of anyone in the area who had contact with them.

        Lt. Griffith said the township of more than 42,000 has a growing population of Hispanic workers, but this is first time police have had a serious crime involving Hispanics.

        It was the first homicide in Union Township since 1998.


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