Homeowner says she stayed up all night after skeletal remains found in Avondale home

Updated: Aug. 25, 2020 at 5:14 PM EDT
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AVONDALE, Ohio (FOX19) - Cincinnati police say an investigation is underway after female skeletal remains were found in the basement of an Avondale home overnight.

Fire officials responded to a report of “a very old corpse” found by a plumber in the 700 block of Ridgeway Avenue about 9 p.m. Monday, police said.

The plumber told the current resident, who alerted police.

“They discovered it down there and came back upstairs and said, ‘There’s a body down there,‘” homeowner Louise Tubbs said.

Investigators surrounded the home with yellow police tape and started collecting evidence.

Tubbs says she and her daughter bought the house more than 20 years ago.

She says she doesn’t like to go into the basement because it’s dark but still wonders how the body got past her.

“My bed is right over it. My bed’s in there. Whoever got killed, my bed was right over that spot. I stayed up all night right in this chair,” Tubbs said.

Police say the remains are believed to be several years old, making this a cold case.

Also found in the basement was a green bra and a cell phone, according to investigators.

The chief investigator for the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office says they brought in their forensic anthropologist to assist with the case.

“We will get in contact with our forensic anthropologist who will take a look and give us an idea of what kind of death investigation we’re looking at,” Justin Weber said.

Weber says a forensic investigation and identification can take 14 to 16 weeks.

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