South Euclid police investigating 91-year-old woman’s death as a homicide

Published: Nov. 5, 2021 at 9:40 AM EDT|Updated: Nov. 5, 2021 at 2:54 PM EDT
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SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio (WOIO) - Police are now investigating the death of a 91-year-old woman, whose body was found in some bushes, as a homicide.

According to South Euclid police, the body of Essie Henry was discovered around 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Warrensville Center and Colony Roads in front of the Warrensville-Colony Apartments. The complex is just down the street from the bustling shops at University Square.

Officers were called to the area for a welfare check, after someone spotted Henry’s body.

The elderly woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy to figure out how Henry died.

Officers added they have been in contact with Henry’s family and they are cooperating with the investigation.

“Ending up on the sidewalk or the tree lawn or something, but between the bushes? Nah,” said Frederick Knight, who is convinced Henry was murdered. Frederick lives feet from where Henry’s body was found.

“Wherever she goes she gets around with ease,” said Knight, telling 19 News Henry would often walk around the neighborhood alone. “Wherever she goes, she walks.”

Henry lived directly across the street from where her body was found.

Police officers were back out at the scene Friday afternoon searching the area, and a K9 was sniffing around for evidence.

Anyone with information is asked to call South Euclid police at 216-381-1234.

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