Tuesday, September 11, 2001

Missing woman's body found

Carthage man accused of killing pregnant spouse

By Susan Vela
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The body of a Carthage woman — missing since Thursday — was found Monday evening in a shallow grave along a ramp to Interstate 71.

        Her husband, John Broe, was charged with murder shortly after 7 p.m., when her body was discovered in a wooded area about 50 yards from the ramp leading to Dana Avenue near Norwood.

        Mr. Broe could face more charges, including another count of murder, once the investigation is complete and autopsy results confirm that Shannon Broe, 24, was five months pregnant, Cincinnati Police Capt. Vince Demasi said. He did not say how the woman died.

        She and her mother talked on the telephone Thursday, when Mrs. Broe told her mother she was headed to bed, police said. Police said Mr. Broe told them he had come home that night but slept on the couch. He assumed his wife was home because her car was in the driveway, he said. When he woke up the next morning, he told police he assumed his wife already had left for work.

        Mrs. Broe had last been seen about 6:30 p.m. Thursday, when she left her job at Seasons Retirement Community in Kenwood.

        Sharon Nolan of Milford, Mrs. Broe's mother, reported her daughter missing.

        Monday's discovery of Mrs. Broe's body ended a long day's search. A search dog owned by the Broes' neighbors picked up her scent near Caldwell Park in Carthage, which led to a search there. A creek also was searched.

        Meanwhile, Mr. Broe had been with police since the morning, responding to questions, Capt. Demasi said.

        Police did not say what led them to search the area where the body was found.

        A search warrant will be issued so Cincinnati police can search for hair, fiber and blood samples in the Broe residence on West North Bend Road and in Mr. Broe's car, which was discovered in Northern Kentucky, Capt. Demasi said.

        Neighbors said the couple often fought, Capt. Demasi said.

        Mr. Broe was being held Monday in the Hamilton County Justice Center. He was to be arraigned today. An autopsy will be performed today to determine Mrs. Broe's cause of death, officials said.


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