The report came at approximately 4PM yesterday afternoon, that the body of a missing woman could potentially be in a wooded area across from the Brookside Apartment Complex. Sheriff of Muskingum County Matt Lutz says that a body was located there by deputies and a K9 unit. According to their initial cornier investigation, the deceased woman could have been in the wooded area for as much as two weeks. Lutz said that they are confident it could be that of the missing individual.
"We do from the information that we have, the evidence that we found at the scene, we do feel pretty convincingly that it is our missing person from Friday night."
An autopsy report to confirm this is not scheduled until Wednesday, Lutz says they are not releasing a name until verification is received. The investigation is being treated as a homicide and those working on the case are currently interviewing family, friends and acquaintances who may know of her last where-about. Residents of the Brookside apartment complex say that this incident is just one more to add to the list of ongoing suspicious activity.
Heather Anders, Brookside Apartment Resident said, "This is not a very good area to live in. There’s been multiple break ins…I’ve got bars in my windows. I know that somebody had busted my daughters window, they’d cut out the screens. I’ve had to go get protection…I’m gonna jump in front of my daughter. My daughters my life."
Residents also said seeing an event like this happen so close to home brings them a sense of shock and fear.
Sabrina Lewis, a former Brookside Apartment Resident said, "It’s kinda shocking…You know what I mean? And its not right, for, you know, people that have kids that live out here to have to see stuff like that."
While Anders explained, "It scares me, because like I said I have a 6 and a 7 year old. And I just…I mean it could have been anybody. What is that would have been one of my kids?….I know that I’m definitely moving outta here."
If you have any information regarding this incident, you are asked to call Detective Randy Wilson at the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office: (740)452-3637 ext. 6019
Sheriff Matt Lutz says he hopes they have more information regarding the incident by Thursday.