Arrest made in Anderson Twp homicide investigation

Men praying for the victim and the Henderson family. (Source: FOX19 NOW Stef DiPietrantonio)
Men praying for the victim and the Henderson family. (Source: FOX19 NOW Stef DiPietrantonio)
Thomas Schaffner (Source: Hamilton County Justice Center)
Thomas Schaffner (Source: Hamilton County Justice Center)

ANDERSON TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - An arrest has been made in the murder investigation in Anderson Township where officials found a man dead inside a home overnight Tuesday.

Hamilton County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to check on the well-being of a resident on the 7100 block of Honeywood Court.

Steven Henderson Sr., 57, was found dead inside the single family home.

Thomas Schaffner, 39, was arrested and charged with aggravated murder and aggravated robbery.

Authorities said his car was stolen, but was later recovered by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office. They have not said where it was picked up, or who might have taken it.

The cause of death has not been released due to the investigation, officials say.

Deputies assure residents this was not a random act of violence and the area is not in danger.

Hamilton County 911 dispatch said they have been called to the home 11 times since March for various incidents, including domestic violence, mental issues, and most recently assault with injuries.

Henderson's ex-girlfriend Andrea White called 911.

"I need someone to do a welfare check on someone," White told the dispatcher.

She was worried he was not answering any of his phones for two days.

"He was a beautiful person, He kept to himself," said White.

She said they were no longer romantically involved, but neighbors said they saw her there a lot recently. She last talked with Henderson Sunday morning, but had not heard from him since.

"I wasn't there, I don't know anything," White said. "I just know my friend is gone. I'm going to miss him... and he was not no bad person."

Charlie Pfizenmayer and Dick McConn were volunteering, as members of the Immaculate Heart Of Mary Church in Anderson, trying to make a difference.

"When there's a murder in the City of Cincinnati, we try to get there within a day or so," said Pfizenmayer "And we pray for the victim and their family. We're praying that the person who did the deed will repent perhaps."

"Prayer helps, prayer does it," said McConn.

Shaffner will be arraigned Wednesday morning.

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