The woman was found killed in this alley behind Ninth and Race streets about 1 a.m. (FOX19 NOW/Jessica Brown)
Cincinnati police are investigating a homicide Downtown. (FOX19 NOW/Jessica Brown)
DOWNTOWN CINCINNATI (FOX19) -
A woman was found beaten in a downtown Cincinnati homicide early Thursday, police said.
Officers responded to a call of someone screaming in the area of Race and Court streets about 1 a.m., said Captain Mike Neville.
Police identified the victim as Tracy Hawes, 47. She was found in Pendery Alley between a doggy daycare and nightclub and pronounced dead at the scene, Neville said.
Police did not say if the woman was attacked during another offense such as a robbery or rape or if they think she knew her assailant.
There are several new restaurants and bars in the area, which is near the public library.
"The original call was that there was somebody screaming and there were actually officers right nearby when the original run came out so they were here really within seconds after the dispatch," he told reporters at the scene.
Cincinnati Police released 911 calls that were made the night of the incident.
Caller: "Hi there - I just heard some screams outside my window. It was a lot of 'Help, help!' 'Stop, stop."
Dispatcher: "What are they saying exactly?"
Caller: "'Stop, I don't want to touch you, quit it, stop it.' We hear somebody being thrown up against a fence."
A police K-9 searched the area in an attempt to track the suspect and retrieve evidence, but that was unsuccessful, Neville said.
"With the cooperation of a lot of businesses down here, we'll spend a lot of time seeing what we can capture on video," he said. "That will be part of the preliminary and long-term investigation."
No arrests were made.
"There is no suspect information at this time," Neville said.