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Police ID body found in Dayton home

Steven Reis, provided photo. Steven Reis, provided photo.
Christy Russell was charged with fraud use of a credit card and tampering with evidence. No word on if she is a suspect in the case (Photo: Campbell County jail) Christy Russell was charged with fraud use of a credit card and tampering with evidence. No word on if she is a suspect in the case (Photo: Campbell County jail)
DAYTON, KY (FOX19) -

Police have identified the body found in a vacant Dayton, Kentucky home as Steven Reis, 55.

A man led Dayton police to the vacant Sixth Avenue home nearly two weeks ago. The decomposed remains had likely been in the basement since the first week of January, according to Dayton Police Chief David Halfhill.

Reis was an Air Force veteran and father of four.

Crews had to excavate Reis' body from beneath a concrete floor, officials said. His cause of death has not yet been determined.

Halfhill called Christy Russell a “caretaker” of Reis and a person of interest in his death. She is accused of using Reis credit card and VA retirement funds while knowing he had died. Police believe she spent anywhere between $24,000 to $30,000.

Russell has been arrested for misuse of that credit card and faces charges of tampering with physical evidence and fraud use of a credit card, $10,000 or more. She is back in court on Sept. 24.  

No word on if she is a suspect in the case. 

Reis and Russell reportedly lived in the Sixth Avenue home together with several other people in January. 

Dayton Police say an investigation is ongoing and they're expecting to make arrests in the near future.

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