WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) - The Warrensville Heights police chief said murder victim Jessica Coleman's home was in disarray in the hours after she was reported missing on Sunday. Her body was found Monday afternoon on Cleveland's east side.
Coleman's boyfriend reported her missing to the Cleveland Police Department. Cleveland contacted Warrensville Heights, and officers did a welfare check.
"Her car was still there. The house was ramshacked [sic] so we proceeded as it was a missing person to try to find more details," said Warrensville Heights Police chief Wesley Haynes. "Her vehicle was still left at the premises, her purse was still there, the house was in disarray, so at that point in time we started investigating."
Family members say she had not been seen since Sunday evening when she left a party in South Euclid. Her body was found Monday afternoon by railroad tracks in Cleveland, near E. 82nd and Kinsman.
"As a human being you don't want to see a family go through that. We was hoping to resolve this in a more...just to bring her home we felt was our goal."
Sources said her death is being investigated as a homicide.
Haynes said that his department is jointly investigating with Cleveland Police. He said Coleman's boyfriend has been cooperating with police. He wouldn't confirm or deny reports that Coleman's boyfriend reportedly got a ransom call for the 26-year-old, saying only that details are a part of the ongoing investigation.
"It's heartbreaking for the community. It's heartbreaking for her family. So now we have to really start really trying to figure out what happened and put it together," said Haynes.
Police ask that anyone with information call them.
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