Tuesday, May 6, 2003

Husband sought in teacher's slaying

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

LAKESIDE PARK - Police on Monday night issued a murder warrant for the husband of a Northern Kentucky teacher whose body was found in her apartment earlier in the day.

Police are looking for Dennis R. Green, husband of Tara Green, a teacher at Holmes Junior High in Covington.

"The death appears to be a homicide," said Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Bill Crockett. Police would not say how she died.

Tara Green's body was carried out of a third-floor apartment on Hollow View Circle in the Derby Ridge apartment complex off Dixie Highway about 5:30 p.m.

Police also confirmed neighbors' reports that officers had responded to a disturbance at the apartment on Saturday.

Crockett said the victim's mother contacted Lakeside Park/Crestview Hills police Monday, concerned about her daughter. Police went to the apartment, but no one answered the door. The body was found when an apartment complex employee unlocked the door, Crockett said.

He said the murder happened Sunday night or Monday morning.

"It is kind of scary, but nothing like this has happened in the two years I've lived here," said Lori Gessner, 39, who lives in a neighboring apartment building. "I always have felt safe living here."

As residents returned home from work Monday afternoon, they were greeted by yellow police tape, police cars and a crime scene evidence collection van. Many talked of breaking their leases, and Gessner asked her sister to spend the evening with her.

Officials were investigating the incident as a domestic violence case.

Lakeside Park/Crestview Hills Police Chief Paul Herbst, a former Kentucky State police trooper, declined to comment on the case, including whether there was a suspect. His department is leading the investigation with the assistance of Kenton County police.

E-mail jhannah@enquirer.com

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